Matt Towery

So how is it different from our government planners' idea? Mine is only a word game. Theirs was actually carried out, right in the midst of the dense fog of war.

It appears the new Democratic Congress wants to make former U.S. administrator in Iraq L. Paul Bremer the primary scapegoat for this and the other failures of the initial post-invasion leadership.

But a smellier fish is in the stew. Bremer's bloated thinking is the (ill-) logical extension of Washington's entrenched mentality; that money -- mountains of money -- is merely a chess piece in an elitist board game during which they not only move the pieces, but rewrite the rules as they go.

If President Bush wasn't aware of this foolhardy plan, or of its fiscally catastrophic outcome, then he should have been. And he should have acted.

Any Republican or conservative who tries to defend this sort of Alice-in-Wonderland indulgence has either glutted on partisan Kool-Aid, or is selling books and starring on talk shows aimed at the idiotic readers and viewers who have.

Last year I noted that Americans wanted the "Fair Tax" plan proposed by Rep. John Linder, R-Georgia, and championed by author and syndicated talk show host Neal Boortz.

If people were ready for tax reform then, imagine the reaction when they learn that $12 billion has disappeared like a mirage in the Iraqi desert.

Wait, I've got it! A way to track down all that cash. Reassign the Internal Revenue Service agents now on the trail of hard-working Americans, and instead send them to Iraq to work their forensic magic "over there."

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery