Watched the press conference with Blair and Bush today (live).
I was interested to see how Bush would act and what he would say after yesterday’s ISG report came out.
One thing stands out in the report – it is a plea for unity in the American government and people:
What we recommend in this report demands a tremendous amount of political will and
cooperation by the executive and legislative branches of the
skilful implementation. It demands unity of effort by government agencies. And its success
depends on the unity of the American people in a time of political polarization. Americans can
and must enjoy the right of robust debate within a democracy. Yet
doomed to failure—as is any course of action in
sustained consensus. The aim of our report is to move our country toward such a consensus.
I actually agree with Rush Limbaugh (3 times divorced, caught coming across the border recently with Viagra – what does he need that for with no wife? – and admitted drug addict) that the plea for consensus and bipartisanship seems to be the primary goal of the drafters of the report. I don’t agree with Limbaugh's usual rant and rave that it is because they want
I was planning to give Bush a lot of slack and be easier on him than I have been in the hope that he would really start to change his language and perhaps even his thinking. The jury is still out on that, but today’s press conference was not encouraging.
I actually got the idea that he gladly lets the ISG and, today, Tony Blair, say the hard things that need to be said so he doesn’t have to say them. It seems that that was also the mission of Robert Gates yesterday in front of the Senate.
“You guys say the hard stuff, that gives me the chance to just agree with you without having to say it myself.”
He did today repeat his contention that we are in an ideological struggle. My question still remains: it seems obvious that you don’t fight an ideological struggle only with military means. What other means are we using to fight – and win – that struggle? I don’t sense any understanding of those issues on his part.
I still will give Bush a chance. I hope he gets on track, I really do.
But I do continue to be embarrassed by his (mis)use of the English language. And, honestly, sometimes it looked as if Tony Blair (an Englishman who takes great pride in the English language) was really suffering watching George speak.
A few direct quotes:
A report chaired by James Baker…..
We will support the democrat government of Mailiki…
I talk to families who die…
We must remove obstacles necessary to achieve the vision….
Lord, help us….(again - or keep doing it - or something)