Saturday, April 29, 2006

'A Figure in Absurdity'

Maureen Dowd: Say Uncle, Rummy (TimesSelect wall)

The former "Matinee Idol," as W. liked to call him, is now a figure of absurdity, clinging to his job only because some retired generals turned him into a new front on the war on terror. On his rare, brief visit to Baghdad, he was afraid to go outside Fortress Green Zone, even though he yammers on conservative talk shows about how progress is being made, and how the press never reports good news out of Iraq.

If the news is so good, why wasn't Rummy gallivanting at the local mall, walking around rather than hiding out in the U.S. base known as Camp Victory? (What are they going to call it, one reporter joked, Camp Defeat?)

In further evidence of their astute connection with the Iraqi culture, the cabinet secretaries showed up there without even knowing the correct name of their latest puppet. It turned out that Jawad al-Maliki, the new prime minister-designate, considered "Jawad" his exile name and had reverted to Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.

If Iraq were American Idol, Matinee Idol would have been voted off the show long ago.

Link to the full article: Ed Strong, The Daily Mindbender: Maureen Dowd: Cranky, Eccentric "Uncle" Rummy

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