B20952 / Thu, 11 Jan 2007 09:11:23 / “War on Terror”
George W. Bush spoke with all the confidence of a perp in a police lineup.
I first interviewed the guy in 1987 and began covering his political rise in 1993, and I have never seen him, in public or private, look less convincing, less sure of himself, less cocky. With his knitted brow and stricken features, he looked, well, scared. Not surprising since what he was doing in the White House library was announcing the escalation of an unpopular war.
The president may well be right that we cannot afford to leave or lose in Iraq . He makes profound sense when he observes that a collapse of Iraq would mean the rise of a giant version of the Taliban’s Afghanistan—with a million times the oil in the ground. But if he was trying to assure the country that he had confidence in his own plan to prevent that collapse, well, a picture is worth a thousand words. And the words themselves weren’t that assuring either.
Remember the scene in Thelma and Louise as the movie ended with the two of them gazing reassuringly into one another’s eyes?
Determined and resolved they rolled off into oblivion.
Well the Commander in Chief is driving us over the cliff, but he looked more the proverbial “deer in the headlights” last night as he announced his plans to increase the number of U.S. troops in Bagdad, among other militarily provocative actions, in America’s current effort to “restore order” in the greater Middle East.
Iran was so on his mind, he inadvertently misread Iran for Iraq mid-speech. At 9:11 p.m. EST.
One last time he relived and relied on that scenario as well. For a man claiming to be in tune with the will of God and absolutely certain he’s doing the right thing for America and civilization, he looked more like Sylvester the cat, who has just swallowed Tweety as Granny appears on the scene to beat the bird out of him with the black umbrella.
Ready yourselves for a red rain.