A mere 12 hours before Bush takes to the airwaves to escalate the Iraq war the AP is loaded up this morning with stories about a key Islamist leader “may have been killed” in Somalia and “15 insurgents killed” in Baghdad.

Bush is counting on most Americans failing to recall those days in the late 1960s when LBJ would take to the airwaves to announce another escalation in Vietnam, and the news was filled with talk of winning the war by establishing “strategic hamlets” and increasing “body-counts” that were meant to reassure the populace that we were killing so many Communists that the combo of troop escalations and slaughter of the enemy would mean victory was just around the corner.

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But all of us are not that forgetful. Yet.