4 years ago he rolled the dice and he landed on Iraq. One of the of the game pieces he found most interesting was the actual country of Iraq, and possibly the leader of that country, Saddam Hussein. Despite being told not to (Don't touch that Georgie!), he sent our military into Iraq in an illegal invasion and that country is now very broken. You could probably make a good case that Iraq was weakened by many years of sanctions, but for the sake of this discussion, let's just say it was the war that broke Iraq. But Georgie is bored with Iraq; he has a good old case of Iraq fatigue and he needs something new to entertain him.
Thankfully, there are several generals that aren't bored and are calling for the resignation of the Secretary of Defense. Bush has previously said that he listened to the military, but he isn't listening now. CNN reported that
Despite a practice of not usually commenting on personnel moves, the president told reporters Tuesday that his vote of confidence for Rumsfeld was an effort to stamp out speculation about his status. "You can understand why, because we've got people's reputations at stake," Bush said of his usual aversion to speculation about personnel matters.No, Georgie, we have lives at stake who are fighting your war. PAY ATTENTION!
"And on Friday I stood up and said, 'I don't appreciate the speculation about Don Rumsfeld; he's doing a fine job; I strongly support him.' " Pressed to respond to critics who say he is ignoring the advice of respected former military commanders, Bush vigorously stood by Rumsfeld. "I listen to all voices, but mine is the final decision," he said. "And Don Rumsfeld is doing a fine job. He's not only transforming the military, he's fighting a war on terror. He's helping us fight a war on terror. I have strong confidence in Don Rumsfeld. "I hear the voices, and I read the front page, and I know the speculation. But I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense."Note the president of this country says he reads only the front page, maybe because it's got BIG writing and that's all he can comprehend, maybe he gets bored when he gets past the front page. If I was a betting woman, and I am, I'll give you odds that he never misses the comic section. Bet he gets a giggle out of Doonesbury.
Bush could have engaged in rebuilding the Gulf Coast of our country after the destruction of hurricane Katrina, and he promised to do just that, but that got boring, too. There are too many poor people who were in dire need of support from their government and it still hasn't come nearly 8 months later. That area is still very broken. Georgie's looking for a new toy to break.
Bush's new toy is Iran and that is downright scary. In the current New Yorker magazine, Sy Hersh quotes a member of the House of Representatives:
No one in the meetings "is really objecting" to the talk of war (in Iran). "The people they're briefing are the same ones who led the charge on Iraq. At most, questions are raised: How are you going to hit all the sites at once? How are you going to get deep enough?" (Iran is building facilities underground.) "There's no pressure from Congress" not to take military action, the House member added. "The only political pressure is from the guys who want to do it." Speaking of President Bush, the House member said, "The most worrisome thing is that this guy has a messianic vision."
Messianic? That's frightening when it is in the same sentence as the president of the United States. I don't think he has ever used that word in describing the axis of evil, but that's what I think of when I hear the word. This is the same leader who has failed miserably in Iraq and who is failing the people of his own country in terms of education and healthcare and every other sector.
Maybe someone can put some Ritalin in Georgie's purple koolaid so he can pay attention to the needs of this country as the Presidential job description requires him to. Our country needs a leader, not a distracted child.