Monday, April 23, 2007

Has the President promoted himself?

Check out the latest blather from President Bush:
I believe strongly that politicians in Washington shouldn't be telling generals how to do their job. And I believe artificial timetables of withdrawal would be a mistake. An artificial timetable of withdrawal would say to an enemy, just wait them out; it would say to the Iraqis, don't do hard things necessary to achieve our objectives; and it would be discouraging for our troops. And therefore I will strongly reject an artificial timetable withdrawal and/or Washington politicians trying to tell those who wear the uniform how to do their job.
There are several wrong headed notions in this statement. For instance, the last time I checked the President is a policitician in Washington who is telling Generals how to do their jobs. Perhaps he has promoted himself from his civilian role to Generalisimo or something. Frankly with Bush's penchant to play military dress up, he should give himself some medals as well... or just accept them from his adoring crowd of koolaid drinking drones.

Please don't misunderstand me here. Politicians in Washington dictating military affairs is positively demanded by the constitution, which I support whole heartedly. The part that galls me is how the President pretends that the Generals all agree with him... but only after he has sacked the Generals who were telling him his surge wouldn't work. The Generals have spoken Mr. Bush, and they actually didn't like your plan.

In fact we would be far better off if the President would only heed his own advice and listen to his Generals, and that has been true from before the start of this Iraq debacle. The President has ignored the advice of his military leadership since before the war started, proclaiming the while that his generals had the say so, and sacking those who did not tow the administrations line. Yet now the President wants to lecture us on letting the Generals do their jobs? Quite frankly that is silly, and an alert press corps worth it's weight in spit would not allow this type of illogic to just sit there without challenge.

If the President waxes eloquent on how mistaken passing a timetable would be, it would serve us well to consider how mistaken the policies set forth by this administration have been. From the very beginning this entire debacle was ginned up with misleading and falsified intelligence and the effectiveness of the administrations efforts have not improved since then. Abu Ghraib is another example of a bone headed policy by this President going off the tracks. Even the execution of Saddam Hussein was mishandled in such a way as to send him from the mortal plane as a martyr for the Sunni cause. Simply based upon past performance, I am comfortable in saying that the President's record in forseeing mistakes in Iraq is abyssmal. It is entirely understandable if he were to be ignored entirely when he makes these pronouncements of doom.

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