07/03/2005: Today's Quotables:
“…Mr. Bush could have addressed that question honestly on Tuesday night. Instead of once more cooking the books - exaggerating the number of coalition partners, the number of battle-ready Iraqi troops, the amount of non-American dollars in the Iraq kitty - he could have laid out the long haul in hard facts, explaining the future costs in manpower, money and time, and what sacrifices he proposes for meeting them. He could have been, as he is fond of calling himself, a leader.
It was a blown opportunity, and it's hard to see that there will be another chance. Iraq may not be Vietnam, but The Wall Street Journal reports that the current war's unpopularity now matches the Gallup findings during the Vietnam tipping point, the summer of 1968. As the prospect of midterm elections pumps more and more genuine fear into the hearts of Republicans up for re-election, it's the Bush presidency, not the insurgency, that will be in its last throes. Is the commander in chief so isolated in his bubble that he does not realize this? G.W.B., phone home.
Frank Rich (NY Times): The Two Wars of the Worlds.
Well, the emphasis is mine, but the sentiments and questioning of the Bush Presidential competence and suggestions for impeachment for gross mismanagement and lies over the Iraq War are stirring.
I can only hope that the American, John Q. Public, keeps asking the questions and pressing the issues to put the bAdminstration’s feet to the fire over the direction he is taking this country. Can it be that the other half of the Nation is finally getting the measure of this man…and how he fails to live up to his own hype and faulty legacy? I can but Hope.
Karen on 07.03.05 @ 09:50 AM CST