Well, I have good news and good news and bad news.
The first good news is that the Occupy movement is doing well. Pete Seeger even showed up last week to sing for and march with them. The media have mostly stopped discussing what the Occupy protesters are wearing and the signals they use at meetings, and started discussing the real issues of jobs and the dominance of wealthy interests in our political system.
The second good news is that I’m getting family leave. Mrs. Squirrel is due for the twins soon, and the BPI faculty senate – after their usual six-hour debate over whether to take a bathroom break – agreed to get me home in time for the Big Event.
Of course, the BPI faculty senate couldn’t do anything nice without a caveat, and that brings me to the bad news. While I’m home on family leave, they want to see more of my research on 21st Century Political Nuttitude.
It seems there’s been an outbreak of nuttitude while I was here as a class war correspondent, and some of it is also about good news, bad news, and leaving.
The good news – for sane people – was President Obama’s announcement that all U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of this year. There was some discussion among U.S. military leaders and the White House over whether to keep 5000 or so “trainers” in Iraq, but the Iraqi parliament refused to extend the legal immunity agreement negotiated in 2008. Even had President Obama wanted to keep some U.S. troops there, the Iraqis had the final word. It’s their country, and they would rather deal with whatever problems arise themselves than continue to host U.S. troops. Okay then.
That’s also the bad news, at least for Republicans. Mitt Romney called it “an astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq.” I guess he thinks an “orderly transition” means U.S. troops stay there, forever.
Mitt Romney and Rick Perry don’t agree on much lately, but they do agree that whatever President Obama does is wrong. Governor Perry said the president is “putting political expediency ahead of sound military and security judgment.” Apparently President Obama should have continued to negotiate until the Iraqis gave in and let our troops stay. And if they never gave in, well, consult our military commanders and stay anyway, I guess.
Maybe the rule is that a Republican got us into Iraq, so only a Republican should get us out. That would explain why Michele Bachmann jumped in, even as her campaign staff bailed out. She said Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi might still be in charge had she been president, but “We knew who the devil was that was running, we don’t know the next one.”
So success is failure unless a Republican does it. Or maybe the rule is just that President Obama is wrong, no matter what.
I may be eating a lot of macadamias once I resume my research on political nuttitude. At least Mrs. Squirrel and the babies will keep me busy enough to work off the extra calories. I’ve gotten used to the class war correspondent thing, and I’ll probably miss it. But sometimes leaving is good news.
Good day and good nuts.