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Just how stupid is W? - Musings & Ravings
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Just how stupid is W?
This is an excerpt from Scott McClellan's new book. Who could read this and not think Bush is an idiot?



To this day, the president seems unbothered by the disconnect between the chief rationale for the war and the driving motivation behind it, and unconcerned about how the case was packaged. The policy is the right one and history will judge it so, once a free Iraq is firmly in place and the Middle East begins to become more democratic.

Bush clung to the same belief during an interview with Tim Russert of NBC News in early February 2004. The Meet the Press host asked, "In light of not finding the weapons of mass destruction, do you believe the war in Iraq is a war of choice or a war of necessity? "

The president said, "That's an interesting question. Please elaborate on that a bit. A war of choice or a war of necessity? It's a war of necessity. In my judgment, we had no choice, when we look at the intelligence I looked at, that says the man was a threat."

I remember talking to the president about this question following the interview. He seemed puzzled and asked me what Russert was getting at with the question.

This, in turn, puzzled me. Surely this distinction between a necessary, unavoidable war and a war that the United States could have avoided but chose to wage was an obvious one that Bush must have thought about in the months before the invasion. Evidently it wasn't obvious to the president, nor did his national security team make sure it was. He set the policy early on and then his team focused his attention on how to sell it. It strikes me today as an indication of his lack of inquisitiveness and his detrimental resistance to reflection, something his advisers needed to compensate for better than they did.

Most objective observers today would say that in 2003 there was no urgent need to address the threat posed by Saddam with a large-scale invasion, and therefore the war was not necessary. But this is a question President Bush seems not to want to grapple with.

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caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: May 28th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, but how do you *really* feel?
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caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: May 28th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would. It would bring him within arms reach.
dscj From: dscj Date: May 28th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
which just goes to show you, monkey see monkey do. He saw his father turn the country around and praise him by having a war. He witnessed others having great moments in history based on their actions. But, unfortunately, the banana proved to be too shiny and that's all he saw.

(Insert Wizard of Oz music by the Scarecrow here)



Edited at 2008-05-28 06:07 pm (UTC)
caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: May 28th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooooh that dog has a puffy tail! Teee heee!
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caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: May 28th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to cut him a little slack. I think he needed time to process his own sense of true and false, come to grips with his role, decide what to do about it, find a safe place to hide from the probably hitmen and then, from hiding, arrange for the book deal, write it and get it released.
From: dustinjames Date: June 5th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

btw, you wanted to know where we were?

Well, I'm right here.
caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: June 5th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: btw, you wanted to know where we were?

Huh? Oh, icon! Icon helps. Sorry, I have a migraine. Will engage when head is working again. Mayhap you can point to place where context is better matched?
caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: June 5th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: btw, you wanted to know where we were?

OK, so here's my question (which I'm sure you can anticipate but we need a starting point.)

Assuming everything proceeds as expected now and Obama becomes the nominee, will you support him? If so, what level of support will you give? If not, what will you do instead?

I'm not really asking for a "why not?" but if you feel it is relevant please include it in your answer.
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