For days now my telephone has been ringing with calls from people who want me to tell them that sanity and adult leadership are returning to the shores of the Potomac. A man called today to have me say a few words for his national radio network. The theme of his program was clearly supposed to be that the cumulative effect of; the Iraq Study Group, the wipeout of Republican power in the Congress, the assembly of Bush ’41 elders and the coming of the newly resuscitated Robert Gates to the Pentagon mean that – ALL WILL BE WELL!!!
I told the foreign gent that I would believe that to be true when I begin to see something in the President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces which makes me think that "the decider" has decided a different decision. I don’t see it yet.
I watched his press conference yesterday and what I saw is a man who is writhing in what must be torture for him. He is no longer able to scold the American people for fear that they may savage him yet further, but is still enraged by resistance to his will.
Let’s see what his reactions are to the recommendations of the Baker -Hamilton Group ….. Then we will know.