05/30/2004: Gem o'the Day:
Today from Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo:
The most salient point to emerge from the president's recent speech on Iraq was the new rationale he put forward for continuing to support him and his policies: effective management of his own failures.You gotta love watching a pathetic dry-drunk spin out the consequences of our misplaced trust in him: you have to choose me; only I can best manage the situation that I fucked up.
Consider the trajectory.
Originally, the case for war was built on claims about the Iraqi regime's possession of weapons of mass destruction and its support for terrorist groups like al qaida. To a lesser degree, but with increasing force as these other rationales faded way, the case was made on the basis of democratizing and liberalizing Iraq.
As that prospect too has become increasingly distant and improbable, President Bush has taken a fundamentally different tack. His emphasis now is seldom on what good might come of his Iraq policy but rather the dire consequences of its unmitigated 'failure' or its premature abandonment.
In other words, the president now argues that he is best equipped to guard the country from the full brunt of the consequences of his own misguided actions, managerial incompetence and dishonesty.
Frankly, you pays your money and you takes your choice: I don't think Bush is smart enough to climb out of the hole he's dug himself into. Especially when he seems to think that the best way out of the hole is to continue digging it, all the way through the earth to the antipodes.
Len on 05.30.04 @ 05:22 PM CST