President Bush has been doing a lot of speaking for the terrorists these days, appealing to the inexhaustible supply of enemies who may be spoken for, and for whom Bush speaks. Most recently, Bush has determined that "The terrorists regard Iraq as the central front in their war against humanity. We must recognize Iraq as the central front in our war against the terrorists." Bush has made the terrorists talk, made the terrorists and their opinion, rather than the opinion of the American public to abandon this debacle, justify the continued occupation of Iraq. And to prove his power, his connection with the terrorists, Bush has to make the terrorists speak and show that they say the same thing as him:
"Among the terrorists," Bush says, "there is no debate. Hear the words of Osama Bin Laden: 'This Third World War is raging' in Iraq. 'The whole world is watching this war.' He says it will end in 'victory and glory, or misery and humiliation.'"
Once stated, Bush can say that he is merely expressing the views of Osama bin Laden, who in turn has been made the (now rather silent and absent) spokesperson for Al Qaeda. Bush wants us to believe that he is deciphering what the terrorists are saying, that he has information that we do not have which makes him the expert on the strategy of terrorists, and thus what must be done to fight this war, and wars are fought to be won. The proof presented to the public consists in the mere presence of U.S. troops in Iraq, as well as the insurgency (which was once purportedly in its last throes) against which we are fighting.
The only way the U.S. will be compelled to withdraw toops from Iraq will be when Mr. Bush deciphers that the terrorists no longer regard Iraq as the central front in their war against humanity--but as long as our troops are there, facing foes, Iraq, as determined by Bush, will be the central front in the war on terror. Thus, we should not be surprised that neither Rumsfeld nor Bush can articulate a way out of Iraq because they would lose their power to speak for the terrorists, and thus their need to be in control of provisions for national security, if they were to say that victory has been won and now the U.S. can leave. For this is not what the terrorists will say, and Bush knows he does not have the power to make them say that, but he can make them continue to say that Iraq is crucial.
Indeed, if I could speak to the terrorists myself, what will they say to me Mr. Bush? Who speaks for the terrorists? Do we even know who they are anymore? Osama has been underground or dead for years...