Bush confident about Iraq civil war...which is why I'm not

Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 02:13 PM

When a man who has been wrong more times than a hunch better at a fixed roulette wheel, our president inexplicably likes to voice his opinions.  Think "heck of a job, Brownie," his opinion that no one could have anticipated the breaks in the New Orleans levees, many statements about WMD, and his vociferous assurances that the Dubai ports deal would go through.  I think I would very much like to go to a race track with George W.  Every time he bet on a race, I could at least eliminate his choice a a potential winner, improving my own odds considerably.

His latest is in the AP headline "Bush Confident Iraq Will Avoid Civil War."

Well now I'm really scared that we're going to get a civil war there, if we haven't already--many observers feel that Iraq is already in a civil war, so you'd have to think they would disagree with our illustrious president.  And you'd have to guess he spoke before seeing today's AP story that:

The feared resumption of mass sectarian violence erupted Sunday in a Baghdad Shiite slum when bombers blew apart two markets shortly before sundown, killing at least 44 people and wounding about 200.

Other, updated reports on today's Baghdad violence indicate that:

Up to six car bombs have ripped through a Shi'ite area in east Baghdad, killing 46 people and wounding more than 200.

The apparently coordinated attacks on markets in Sadr City have raised fears sectarian reprisals could again plunge Iraq into civil war.

The Lebanon Daily Star reports a total of 80 dead in market bombings plus other bombings and mortar attacks int he country.