Wednesday, January 10, 2007

on the Bush "Surge" in Iraq

I listened to Baby Bush's speech tonight citing his plan to enable us to withdraw from Iraq. He says it has become the new haven for terrorists and so we have to clean it up before we can leave. We virtually left Afghanistan long before the mission was completed and the Taliban (allies of Al Queda in case you've forgotten) are making a come back in the mountains. Now if we leave Iraq it will become a haven for terrorists which it wasn't before we invaded. Saddam may have been a minor level promoter of terrorist projects but it was mostly by mouth with few weapons or financial help.

But, tonight, for the first time I was able to watch a Bush speech. He was subdued, there was no doubt about it and he appeared smaller and less forceful than in previous efforts. I noticed, however, that he did not use the body language or the gestures that he has in previous speeches, nor did he lean forward dipping his left shoulder and extending his left arm in the recurrent gesture that he has used in the past to try to convey sincerity that is insincere. This time he stood behind the podium and spoke without moving around or shifting his body. He was like a small boy facing the principal, knowing he has done wrong and will pay for it.

As an addendum, I suspect we have seen the Bush method of getting out of Iraq. Can the current Iraqi government meet the demands he placed on it? If not, and I doubt it will happen, we're out of there.


Blogger Shane C. Mason said...

Yeah, he seemed ... beaten. Like he finally realizes that his presidency will be remembered by historians as a failed one. Even if his ideas are vindicated (I do not believe so) his execution will be remembered as a failed on.

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