Stop digging, dammit!!
Remember when the Idiot-in-Chief was being lauded by the media as being “steadfast” and “resolute” and “unwavering”? Haven’t heard that old adage that “a foolish consistency of the hobgoblin of little minds” in a while, now, have you?
President Bush conceded Friday that “right now it’s tough” for American forces in Iraq, but the White House said he would not change U.S. strategy in the face of pre-election polls that show voters are upset.
“We are constantly adjusting our tactics so that we achieve the objective, and right now it’s tough, it’s tough,” Bush said in an Associated Press interview.
Bush met with Gen. John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, at the White House for a half-hour Friday afternoon. The White House said Abizaid already was in town and Bush asked him over. The president also will consult by video conference on Saturday with Abizaid at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., and with Gen. George Casey, who leads the U.S.-led Multinational Forces in Iraq, to determine if a change in tactics is necessary to combat the increasing violence.
Despite calls for change, Bush said, “Our goal has not changed. Our goal is a country that can defend, sustain and govern itself, a country that which will serve as an ally in this war. Our tactics are adjusting.”
Presidential spokesman Tony Snow said that while Bush might change tactics, he would not change his overall strategy.
“He’s not somebody who gets jumpy at polls,” Snow said of Bush.
Nor does he get jumpy at reality, it seems.
Bush won’t change strategy because he CAN’T change strategy. So convinced is he of his own infallibility, so determined is he to NOT meet the same failed presidency fate as his father, that he is willing to completely destroy what remains of America’s future and as many thousands of soldiers it takes to prop up this sinking ship long enough for him to get outta Dodge and leave the problem for someone else to clean up — just as he’s been doing his whole life.
But why should this surprise anyone? If you have a kid who keeps wrecking every car you buy him, do you keep buying him ever-more-expensive cars? Of course not. So why did anyone think that if you give this guy the most powerful position in the world, he’d handle it any differently than he has any of the businesses in which he’s been involved?
Again, he called the Democrats “the party of cut and run”, indicating that his buddy Karl Rove is similarly unable to change strategies. But this is interesting, considering what some Republicans have said.
Sen. John Warner,, 10/6/06:
“It seems to me the situation is simply drifting sideways It was a markedly different trip from ones before. We just did not have the freedom and ability to travel where I have been before.”
Warner says we should set a timetable of 60-90 days and if things don’t improve, a “change of course” is appropriate.
Rep. Chris Shays, 8/24/06:
“My view is that it may be that the only way we are able to encourage some political will on the part of Iraqis is to have a timeline for troop withdrawal,”
Sen. Chuck Hagel, 8/21/05:
“We should start figuring out how we get out of there…I think our involvement there has destabilized the Middle East. And the longer we stay there, I think the further destabilization will occur.”
The second-ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, who is a strong supporter of the U.S. military mission in Iraq, has drafted a resolution that would give military commanders â€” instead of President Bush or Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld â€” decision-making authority over when American troops should return home.
Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), the vice chairman of the Armed Services panel and chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, told Speaker Dennis Hastert (Ill.) Monday of his plans to introduce the resolution shortly.
I guess those Republicans are cut-and-run cowards too.
The real question is how much Americans should be asked to sacrifice in the name of salvaging George W. Bush’s legacy. Because given that the Iraq war has destabilized the Middle East, recruited terrorists, turned Iraq into an Al Qaeda haven, bankrupted our treasury and mortgaged our future, Bush’s legacy is the ONLY thing that can be saved by remaining.
(cross-posted at Brilliant at Breakfast)