Today’s Wall Street Journal front page features a photo of George W. Bush with the caption: “Touting Gains in Iraq”. This latest brilliant observation from the White House Oracle comes while Iraq is – for all the world to see – collapsing in chaos and sectarian violence. Bush’s relentless insistence that things are going swimmingly, that the pitched battles raging throughout the country amongst rival Shiite factions and the Iraqi government are “encouraging signs” of progress in spite of all evidence to the contrary, demonstrates an extreme detachment from reality that borders on criminal negligence. Entirely fitting, therefore, that the Wall Street Journal, the Oracle’s Media Sycophant, should shamelessly channel Bush’s dangerous fantasies. After all, the WSJ itself has lost all credibility in its ludicrous attempts to characterize the bailout of Bear Stearns as something other than a, well, bailout by the federal government under a Republican administration. Birds of a feather… Neither Bush, nor his conservative apologists, have the courage to admit their egregious errors – in Iraq, Afghanistan, the economy, the environment, New Orleans, etc., etc. – and take corrective action based on reality, not ideology. The cost of this Republican blindness, in human lives, treasure and America’s global reputation, is truly incalculable. Shame on us all for having allowed such a dim bulb as George W. Bush to occupy the Oval Office. If John McCain can summon the courage to repudiate the abysmally failed policies of Mr. Bush, he might have a fighting chance at the polls in November. So far, he seems to have been cast in the same discredited mold. We’ve all had more than enough of that.