Skip to comments.The Lonely President
Posted on 12/13/2006 7:50:21 AM PST by Obadiah
The American presidency has been called "A Glorious Burden" by the Smithsonian Museum, and the loneliest job in the world by historians. As we approach Christmas 2006 Anno Domini, President Bush is surely fully seized of the loneliness and burden of his office. For rarely has a president stood more alone at a moment of high crisis than does our president now as he makes his crucial policy decisions on the Iraq War. His political opponents stand triumphant, yet barren of useful guidance. Many -- if not most -- of his fellow party men and women in Washington are rapidly joining his opponents in a desperate effort to save their political skins in 2008. Commentators who urged the president on in 2002-03, having fallen out of love with their ideas, are quick to quibble with and defame the president. James Baker, being called out of his business dealings by Congress to advise the president, has delivered a cynical document intended to build a political consensus for "honorable" surrender.
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It is easy to simply give up and make all the hardship go away, however, the reality is that should we simply give up, we will find the consequences of that decision will be even more unbearable - by far.
The Democrats and the media have long been singing the siren song of withdrawing - "Peace with honor" - exactly as they did in Vietnam. We must not let them prevail again. Disaster will surely follow.
One criticism I do have of President Bush is that he allowed himself to get snookered into having Jim Baker anywhere near writing such a sensitive report dealing with Iraq. It was a known recipe for turmoil and trouble. In my estimation Baker is an oily snake, and he has once again done no favors to the President or to the American public. Rather, Baker has been allowed to yet again stoke his own ego and bring disaster to a sitting President.
Recall, it was JIM BAKER - almost alone - who counseled President Reagan in the entire Iran-Contra affair and we all know how well THAT turned out!
This report should have only been staffed by current MILITARY personnel from Generals on down to Privates serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. What a joke that politicians would attempt to come up with any conclusions! BLowhards and useless idiots the lot of them!
I still stand with him. I believed going into Iraq was the right thing to do, still believe so, even now when the work is difficult.
Surrender is NOT peace.
In this case, an "honorable" surrender is a contradiction in terms!!
Give em hell George.
So will I.
Send a card to the White House.
But surrender worked out so well for Austria in WWII. </sarcasm>
Not me. I love President Bush and I trust him. He should rely upon his own judgement and should stop trying please everyone by "listening to his advisors".
When? When it surrendered to the allies? Or, do you mean when the nation opted to VOTE in the Nazi party?
Bush has only himself to blame.
President Bush is NOT alone....as much as this author would try and make it seem that way. Sheesh. He's got his God, his wife, and family, and millions of others....but, without the MSM and idiot politicians on his side, some think he is lonely. Such narcissists.
President Bush would agree with you. He relies on the truth of 2 Corinthians 12: 10
I don't know. I'm just an old, fat retired sailor who never made it past E6. These career officers are suppose to have the answers - they are the ones who attend the war colleges and such. The officers on the ground over there are caught between a rock and a hard place - their career or doing what is right. Is it past time to tell the Iraqis over there no more bs, we're taking over and we're going to come down hard? I want the President to succeed because then America wins. And I realize that while casualties are low compared to other wars, the media keeps pounding away on it. President Bush is right - there are no do-overs and you have to live with the decisions you make. Billy Jeff got a pass because he never made hard decisions. I pray for this President and the United States.
Bush has millions of friends and supporters if he would only take more trouble to reach out to them. Would that he would speak to his base more often, and spend less time making nice to Teddy Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi. Or Lincoln Chaffee.
Why on EARTH would he put his money and his support behind Lincoln Chaffee while he let Rick Santorum dangle in the wind? Why on EARTH did he let Bill Simon get shot down and then reach out for help and sympathy to the likes of Arnold Schwarzenneger?
He has spent far too much time making nice to his enemies and ignoring his real supporters.
Sorry meandog, half to disagree with you on this. From what I have read, the top officers over there have said no to more troops. So, I guess you have to fire them, also.
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