Flash to the Future

Economic Mission Accomplished

What would a successful economic turnaround look like?

Flash forward. Still President Obama lands our helicopter directly in from of the New York Stock Exchange and walks triumphantly onto the floor surrounded by jubilant traders and takes his place on the balcony with a sign behind him reading, “Mission Accomplished.” “The recession is over,” he announces to the cheering throng. Our GDP has grown for two straight quarters (all that is required to claim victory). The markets are bullish. The Dow creeping steadily toward 10,000 again (for those who can afford to be in the market). Loans are being made (to those with good credit). Housing sales are up (for those who have down payments, a good job and unscarred credit). Unemployment down (but many millions are still unemployed). Happy days, again (for the audience of the stock exchange).

Shallow Victory.

When Bush announced victory, all that had happened was we had toppled a government and destroyed or disbanded everything that allowed the Iraqi people to take care of themselves. We replaced self-sufficiency with pallets of cash. Tossed a few seeds of freedom and democracy on the scorched ground and expected the spring would take care of the rest. Shock and awe when the seeds all but died.

This time, the drumbeat of fear are the weapons of mass financial destruction. The smart bombs we are using are being used strategically for maximum effect. Save Wall Street – BOOM. Save the banks – SHABOOM. Prop up the unemployed for a while – TA DA DING DONG. More, but temporary funding for Medicare – LING A LING A LING. OH LIFE COULD BE A DREAM.

Where is our David Petraeus?

The change of strategy in Iraq came five years late. The price in dollars and lives is incalculable. Whether we should have done it is debateable. But can we learn a lesson? What did we do differently? We changed focus to clearing and securing neighborhoods and protecting the local population to give the people time to provide their for their own security.

We need the economic surge here, now, not five year from now. Before we lose the peace. We need to focus on people, not the institutions, the politics, the factions of the powerful and their constituents. We must stop rewarding the corrupt and fighting with mercenaries. We need clear the damage. Get people to a safe place. Feed them. Treat their wounds. Train them to provide for their own security. We must go neighborhood by neighborhood. We are big country. We must get the religious groups to stop fighting us and begin helping us. We must be visible. House to house. Letting people know we are there to help. And we must do it for years until the victory is more than a made-for-tv event.


ta da de ding dong ta ling a ling a ling

don oh da ling a ling a ling


Oh Life could be a dream, (Shaboom)

If I could take you up in paradise up above, (Shaboom)

If you tell me I’m the only one that you love (Shaboom)

Life would be a dream sweetheart

Hello hello hello again Shaboom I’m hoping we’ll meet again


Oh Life could be a dream, (Shaboom)

Before our precisous plans are coming true(Shaboom)

If you would let me spend my whole life lovin’ you(Shaboom)

Life would be a dream sweetheart


Now very time I look at you something is on my mind

If you do what I want you to, baby we’d be so fine


Oh Life could be a dream, (Shaboom)

If I could take you up in paradise up above, (Shaboom)

If you tell me I’m the only one that you love (Shaboom)

Life would be a dream sweetheart


Shaboom, shaboom, yada da da da da

Shaboom, shaboom, yada da da da da

Shaboom, shaboom, yada da da da da

Shaboom


Shaboom, shaboom, yada da da da da

Shaboom, shaboom, yada da da da da

Shaboom, shaboom, yada da da da da

Shaboom


Every time I look at you something is on my mind

If you do what I want you to, baby we’d be so fine


Life could be a dream, (Shaboom)

If I could take you up in paradise up above, (Shaboom)

If you tell me I’m the only one that you love (Shaboom)

Life would be a dream sweetheart

Hello hello hello again Shaboom I’m hoping we’ll meet again


Hello de ding dong da ling a ling a ling


(originally recorded by the Crew Cuts)

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