Truth in Every Joke

Eric Alterman shares a joke sent to him (the origins of which he doesn’t know):
What's the difference between Vietnam and Iraq?
Bush had a plan for getting out of Vietnam.

It’s bitterly funny.

We know, of course, Bush’s own personal plan for getting out of Vietnam, and the lack of planning for getting out of Iraq was made regrettably clear in a report issued by Knight-Ridder last week, which I only picked up today in a column by Todd Stauffer in the Jackson Free Press:

[W]ar planners met at Shaw Air Force Base days before the war started in 2003 to discuss their plan for invading Iraq. Toward the end of the presentation by a lieutenant colonel, who was briefing leaders on the post-war strategy, the slide he used to discuss the post-war plan had all of three words: “To be provided.”
Only one question then remains: When?

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