"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Opinion on Opinion on Bush Challenged on Iraq - an Opinion

I love opinion pieces especially when I have an opinion about one. Today’s Washington Post has a really fun one, entitled “Bush Challenged on Iraq.”

Something the public has never been able to see and judge for themselves is President Bush pissed off, angry, what ever you want to call it. Interesting because if you think about it, we don’t see a lot of politicians get pissed; it may just be passion, but that’s subjective isn’t it.

This to Dan Froomkin is an example of the president’s “bubble.

“Bush is well known for living inside a protective bubble where accommodating staffers keep opposing views -- and those who hold them -- at bay.”

Or Bush is well known for having a bubble around him as the media sees it. Or the media, in its insistence that the president lives in a bubble continues to view him as living in a bubble. Or the media, from within its bubble believe its actually the president that is in a bubble…..

The “bristling” or “visible anger” came about when Senate Majority leader Harry Reid:

“compared Iraq to Vietnam at one point in a closed door meeting with Bush. Specifically, Reid suggested that Bush was pursuing a lost cause at the cost of American troops in order to protect his legacy.”

Though he did not receive a direct reply from the president, Bush was “visibly angered.” Oooooo…..Watch out….he’s gonna pick the beagle up by the ears!!!!! Crazy Texan!!!

The president "denied this forcefully, after which Mr. Reid touched his arm in a gesture of friendliness." A gesture of friendliness or Gotcha! A gesture of friendliness or an act cowardice; not unlike his call for withdrawal, upon having possibly popping the “bubble” surrounding the hornets nest? Kind of callous to call it a concern for a legacy as well, but hey, no, it's just friendly.

Bush in the bubble gets angry, but Reid is friendly rather than the drug store soda jerk he appears to be.

When you are in a position of leadership, as the president is (at least we think he is, but it’s the handlers of the bubble that are really in control), with Iraq, Afghanistan and the greater war on terror to deal with, wouldn’t you perhaps bristle at hearing the tired refrain of Iraq’s comparison to Vietnam for the likely millionth time?

But that’s just my opinion. Too bad I don’t have the influence the msm has.

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