May 19th, 2004


Bush gets raked over the polls.

A whole series of polls have come out indicating that Bush is slipping fast, not only in head-to-head polls against Kerry, but also in how he is viewed on practically every major issue... even terrorism.

To complicate matters for Bush even further, there is a poll out today that indicates that if Kerry chooses Edwards as a running mate, North Carolina will become a toss-up state.

In response to concerns that growing antiwar attitudes could help Bush by increasing support for Nader, Kerry is meeting with Nader today, discussing possible ways to work together to defeat Bush. It will be interesting to see what comes of this. I suspect that the most likely outcome is that Kerry will attempt to formulate a clear "exit strategy" for getting out of Iraq which strikes a balance between the quick withdrawl that Nader and Kucinich would like with one that can also be seen as a victory of sorts, both for our soldiers and for the Iraqi people. If Kerry can formulate a good exit strategy, then he will have an easier time appeasing both the left of his party *AND* undecided voters come election time.

In today's news from Iraq, a U.S. helicopter in western Iraq has apparently fired on a wedding party, killing over 40 Iraqis. Graphic video of dead Iraqis at the scene was taken by Al-Arabiya TV, and is now in the hands of Associated Press.


There needs to be a word for that...!

...and now, thanks to the Freeway Blogger, there is.

Rumsfail --
1. To self-destruct, melt-down or implode under the weight of one's own arrogance.
2. To fail spectacularly, particularly in matters of warfare or diplomacy; to plunge into chaos.
3. Absolute, unmitigated disaster of national or international proportions and consequence; policy failure so utterly abject and miserable as to approach the realm of the epic.

"Although long considered to be a costly and murderous fiasco, the prisoner abuse scandal revealed the war in Iraq to be nothing short of a rumsfailure."
See also: "Karma"

If World War II can bring us the word "quisling", then we can certainly adopt Rumsfail as a word -- all we need are enough people out there using it. So, be sure to use the word in conversations with your friends and co-workers. Any soldiers out there having a hard time getting the supplies you need, better armor on your Hum-V's, or even better body armor yourself? Getting shot at by unemployed Iraqis while highly-paid contractors are sitting around, twiddling their thumbs, unable to get their job done in a timely manner due to security problems? Just chalk it up as another Rumsfailure!

'Cause every war deserves its own word.