Patty Cake, Patty Cake

WTF is this duet? It would not even qualify for a Poli Sci 101 essay in a local community college for the Motivationally Challenged. Michael Hayden seems determined to underscore to the public that the L’esprit Bureaucratique encrusting the Community grows in new and baroque ways. Together with his turn with Timmy, what’s poor boy to do? cause in sleepy Langley town, theres just no place for a street fighting man.

Tim, my talking points are . . .

MR. RUSSERT: I want to go back to ’07 when Bob Woodward wrote a piece in The Washington Post about comments you made to the Iraqi Study Group, and have a chance to talk about that regarding Iraq.

“On the morning of November 13, 2006, members of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group gathered … in the … Roosevelt Room of the White House. CIA Director Michael Hayden … said, `the inability of the [Iraqi] government to govern seems irreversible,’ adding that he could not `point to any milestone or checkpoint where we can turn this thing around,’ according to written records of his briefing and the recollections of six participants.

“`The government is unable to govern,’ Hayden concluded. `We have spent a lot of energy and treasure creating a government that is balance, and it cannot function.’”

Is that an accurate assessment of what you said?

GEN. HAYDEN: It’s an incomplete assessment of, of what I said. What, what I said was inability to govern or turn this around in the short term is, is what I precisely said. And then I, I tried to use a sports metaphor. I talked about running a marathon, and what I, what I said to the, to the group there is I’d run a marathon in Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh’s pretty hilly, as you know, and at about mile 21 there’s a two-mile downhill stretch. And as you get down to the bottom of that hill, it’s only three miles to the finish and you run three miles before church on Sunday. So I knew if I got to mile 22, there was a natural break that would begin to turn things into my favor. What I was saying to the commission was, there were no longer any natural breaks lying ahead of us that would turn things in our favor. It had to be done with just slogging through hard work. There were no upcoming elections, for example, no upcoming changes in the political structure that would be natural breaks. That’s what I was trying to say to the committee.

Now his Paul McCartney-Michael Jackson duet. Perhaps next a pop-up book in time, you know, for the kids, for back to school.

Dick Helms must be rolling over in his grave.