Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Bring Back Joan Quigley

As many around the blogosphere have noted, yesterday was the one year anniversary of Dick Cheney’s appearance on Larry King Live when he declared of the insurgency in Iraq:

“The level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.”

Oops. Of course, this is the same administration that more than 2 years earlier declared “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. And the same administration that 3 1/2 years earlier declared that Gen. Shinseki’s estimates of 250,000 troops and a hundred billion dollars to execute the war were “wildly off the mark” and promptly mothballed him for flagrantly and wantonly telling the truth while under oath (as if this president is going to tolerate that!). And the same administration that predicted that the Iraqis would throw roses at our feet and that there would be no problem with any insurgency. And the same administration that said we knew right where those WMDs were.

At this point, the Vegas casinos really should consider getting into the futures business and giving odds against whatever the White House predicts. Remember back in the mid-80s when that whole brouhaha started over Reagan consulting with astrologer Joan Quigley? I say it’s time to bring her back, maybe even with a cabinet position. At least that way, there’s a slim chance something the White House predicts might come true; and slim is better than none.

Comments

  1. #1 Aaron M
    May 31, 2006

    I’m sure things will have turned around within six months.

  2. #2 Ginger Yellow
    May 31, 2006

    At this point, the Vegas casinos really should consider getting into the futures business and giving odds against whatever the White House predicts.

    I would genuinely be surprised if they weren’t already. Bookmakers aren’t stupid and the Bush administration’s tendency to lie about the tiniest thing even when they don’t have to is hardly difficult to discern.

  3. #3 Roman Werpachowski
    June 1, 2006

    Remember back in the mid-80s when that whole brouhaha started over Reagan consulting with astrologer Joan Quigley?

    Reagan, or Reagan’s wife?

  4. #4 RickD
    June 1, 2006

    I doubt the casinos would want to offer odds on White House predictions. They would need so positive likelihood of either outcome happening to have playable odds. If they posted odds now, everybody would pile their money on “White House prediction turns out to be false”, and the casinos would be taken to the cleaners.

    It’s kinda like betting on whether the Smails kid eats his booger, during your fifteenth viewing of Caddyshack.

  5. #5 JeremySN
    June 1, 2006

    ===>Reagan, or Reagan’s wife?

    Is not Nancy Reagan a Reagan herself?
    I’m just saying.

  6. #6 Harry
    November 11, 2006

    I agree with you. What the white (or not so white ?) house needs is an astrologer, and a very good one !