Wednesday, February 22, 2006

al-Askari bombing

On February 22, someone destroyed the golden dome of the al-Askari Mosque. This bombing would set off a wave of sectarian violence. During this new phase of the war, the violence in Iraq would reach its pinnacle.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Shotgun-gate ends

On February 17, Harry Whittington left the hospital. Amazingly, when he left the hospital, he issued a statement in which he apologized to Dick Cheney.

“My family and I are deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through this past week,” said Whittington. “We send our love and respect to them as they deal with situations that are much more serious than what we had this week.”

Notice how Whittington downplays the seriousness of what has happened to him. Notice how he implies that Cheney and his family had suffered more during the past week than he and his family. The only way this statement makes sense is if Cheney never shot Whittington to begin with. In that case, Whittington would have never been in any danger while Cheney could have had been charged with a crime he didn’t commit.

Presumably, our government told Whittington to issue this statement. Presumably, they wanted other governments to know that the whole episode was nothing more than political theater. Cheney never shot Whittington. Our government faked the shooting because they wanted to make it seem like they might use this incident to get rid of Dick Cheney.

Often, the best way to change a policy direction is to get rid of the people who support the current policy. That was the promise of Shotgun-gate. America had the chance to rid itself of Dick Cheney. Cheney was a hawk who pursued a hard line on Iraq and the war on terrorism. Europe hated him and Rumsfeld. I am sure they would have liked to see Cheney leave the administration. Our government could have used Shotgun-gate to force Cheney to resign. That would have happened, presumably, had the local police charged Cheney with a crime. Presumably, something like that would have happened had Europe given us what we wanted, whatever that was. But, apparently, they didn’t.

In an apparent protest of our refusal to get rid of Dick Cheney, in the next few days, something would happen in Iraq that would plunge the country into a new level of violence.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Cheney dodges a bullet

On February 16, the local police end their investigation into the shooting of Harry Whittington. They will not charge Dick Cheney of committing a crime.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Cheney accepts responsibility

On February 15, Dick Cheney said he was responsible for shooting Harry Whittington.

“You can't blame anybody else,” said Cheney. “I’m the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend.”

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Harry Whittington takes a turn for the worse

On February 14, the media reported that Harry Whittington suffered a heart attack due to the injuries he suffered when Dick Cheney shot him.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Shotgun-gate begins

On February 12, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported that Dick Cheney had accidentally shot Harry Whittington with a shotgun while on a hunting trip.

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

I try to learn Japanese

On February 7, in an attempt to learn the Japanese language, I ordered a set of Pimsleur audio CDs from Amazon.com. Prior to this, I never really had a strong urge to learn Japanese, despite the fact that my ancestors came from Japan. I now believe that my government “made” me try to learn the language. My limited knowledge of Japanese would come in handy in the future, as part of the New Diplomacy.