"Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me," he told the nation. "It is clear that we need to change our strategy in Iraq."The White House released a chart of Bush's "mistakes," (reproduced with the story) none of which addressed the most fundamental errors of policy, integrity and intelligence; such as invading a sovereign nation against the best foreign policy and military advice. It did not address the "mistake" of lying to congress and the American people about Weapons of Mass Distruction. Actually, it seems to be an exercise in blaming the victim. All of his "mistakes" seem to amount to depending too much on the Worthy Oriental Gentlemen of Iraq. (My Wog reference should remind history buffs of earlier and equally unsatisfactory imperial adventures into that region.)
Iraqis just ain't as easy to jerk around as Mexicans, are they, George?
Still, the president's admissions were calculated to advance his current political aims and came with significant limitations. He offered no regret for the March 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and still argued for staying in Iraq until the job is done. His tone was sober but came without apology or contrition. As one aide put it, "This is not a speech being given on bended knee."
Allow me to sum this up: Bush is admitting past mistakes in order to gain support for entirely new ones. At some point, you have to cut an addict off. Bush's drug is power - and he can't handle this drug any better than cocaine or alcohol.
"He's pretty much alone on this," said William S. Cohen, [in the WaPo story] a former Republican senator from Maine who served as defense secretary under President Bill Clinton. Bush had an opportunity to draw Democrats in by embracing at least some recommendations of the Congressionally chartered Iraq Study Group, Cohen said: "It would buy you bipartisanship for five or six months. . . . By simply ignoring it and allowing it to die in the crib, so to speak, Democrats are now free agents."And what might they do with their free agency? Well, Nancy Pelosi seems to be given to subtle hints, perhaps too subtle, and certainly deniable... but in regards to a threatened Presidential Veto of the overwhelmingly popular Stem Cell Research Bill:
"There is nothing wrong with this bill," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). "We should pass this bill again and again and again and again, until we get a president who will sign it."One way or another. One way or another. Pelosi is clearly hoping that she won't have to lead a charge for impeachment, but rather be in the position to reluctantly accede to the Will of the People. Smart politics, that - never interfere with an enemy who's busy destroying himself.
Should Bush veto stem-cell research for a second time, against the clear mandate and will of the people, in the name of maintaining the sacredness of saving the pre-born while at the same time insisting on further prosecuting a war that costs the lives of many, many more "post-birth" individuals, a lot more people are going to start waking up and smelling the hypocrisy.
It's a lot easier to notice hypocrisy if it's intended to advance unpopular causes, but these days I'll take what I can get.
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