For all those enamored of the ’41 is "comin’ to town" school of future history, I offer the factoid that Brit Hume announced on FNS today that GHW Bush did not know anything about Gates’ appointment as SECDEF until called about it on the day of junior’s announcement of the appointment.
Now maybe you don’t like Hume? Plausible.. He reminds me a bit of John Wayne, another media hawk, who portrayed a real fighter but never served.
On the same program Bartlett, the White House talking dog, firmly defended the administration’s present course of action in Iraq.
Hume may not be a nice man. (He snarls a lot), but does anyone doubt his connection to the Bush ’43 White House?
Folks, it undoubtedly is the hope, plan and aspiration of well meaning people that pressure and adult advice will cause the Decider to decide differently, but that is a futile hope. People who think that junior will change his position or that he can be prevented from following his present course mistake him and need to study the Constitution.
Unless some catastrophe intervenes, two years from now we will still be fighting in Iraq with much the same number of forces, and by then decline will have set in at home and abroad in ways that can only be hinted at now.
People in the Washington/New York establishment act and talk as though the Iraq problem is an American political problem and that the Iraqis and other Muslims are acted upon rather than being actors in the drama. McCain said today on MTP that al-Maliki " has to understand," and that he "has to" to do this or that. Well, in fact al-Maliki is just one of the players in the ethnic, factional and sectarian struggle for Iraq, and lacks both the power or the will to do anything except work toward the Shia domination of as much of Iraq as the Shia can hang on to. Bartlett referred today on FNS to the "sovereign government of Iraq." Well, they may be sovereign, but they are not the sovereign government of Iraq.