Over and over I keep hearing about how wonderful it is that the ISG report is some sort of bipartisan consensus. There certainly is a time and place for compromise and bipartisanship, but it’s a means not an end. Good advice and good policy is what matters, not political asscovering. Splitting the baby is not always a very smart thing to do. (Atrios)
Let’s push this a little further. Who is it that wants a bipartisan solution? Above all, it’s the perps — the media people and politicians who led us into this mess. They want to be able to drop the whole thing, mumble “Mistakes were made”, and carry on as before — still in the drivers’ seat.
But that would not be good for the country or good for the world. Accountability is what we need. Heads should roll — the guys who screwed things up should be demoted, removed from office, or otherwise punished. Above all, they should never get the chance to screw up again.
A partisan solution is what would be good for the country. The only reason we’re talking about a bi-partisan solution at all is that most of the media and many of the Democrats have been implicated in the disaster, and they’re afraid that if the Republicans are called to account, they might be too.
This is really blackmail. We’re being told that if we don’t get too mad at the perps, maybe they’ll quit making things worse. (Maybe.) This isn’t even an Idi Amin solution. Amin was never punished for anything, but at least he was removed from power. The Iraq War bad guys aren’t willing to give up anything at all.