Letters to the Editor

Careless leader?

January 30, 2007


To the editor:

Is this president the most careless in recent memory? President Bush regularly declares that the war in Iraq will set the course for peace and prosperity in the Middle East, that a democratic Iraq will be a beacon of hope throughout the region and that a progressive democratic government in Iraq will be a blueprint for change for its neighbors. Yet in a 50-minute State of the Union address, the president spent hardly more than five minutes recycling failed policies and broken promises.

Sending troops to war is the most difficult decision a president can make. The commander in chief owes it to the country to openly debate and honestly assess the danger, particularly if additional troops are required. It is so disappointing to see the president openly admit he is not happy with his own handling of the war but stubbornly refuse to consider and act in opposition to the advice of many Republicans, the majority Democrats, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, retired generals and nearly 70 percent of the country.

If Iraq is the central front to the war on terror, and the battle against Islamist extremism is the "decisive ideological struggle of our time" and the "fight for our way of life," then why commit only 150,000 troops to the war? Why refuse the counsel of the Iraq Study Group? Why ignore the midterm election results? Either the president is not being forward about the true nature of the war, or he is not equipped to properly fight it.

Matt Lehrman,



Jamesaust 11 years, 3 months ago

Not a bad letter.

And yet, why don't the Democrats step up and spend some of their election mojo to constrain this "most careless" man? What's this about "non-binding"? Will anything even pass the Senate?

Probably the same reason they couldn't resist falling over each other to approve the deal from the beginning with barely a question.

Its one thing for the Republicans to support their party-leader in defiance of the people. Its quite another for the Democrats to do so as well.

Maybe the author will write again later if the spine-insertion operation is successful.

(Wow - that sounds like netroots talk!)

BigDog 11 years, 3 months ago

Here's a wild idea.... How about if the Democrats step up with their own plan and ideas for solving the problem in Iraq? And I hope their plan isn't just to run away. I have a feeling if we just withdraw it will turn into the situation in Darfur. Democraat are the majority now.... it is time to start leading and stop just criticizing things. Having ideas and plans are part of leadership.

mick 11 years, 3 months ago

Keep reinventing the reasons we're in Iraq. In the meantime those pulling Bush' strings are laughing all the way to the bank.

Jamesaust 11 years, 3 months ago

scenebooster: "I love how the knee jerk response is to toss blame in the face of the Dems..."

See numerous other posts tossing blame on the GOP. I'm equal opportunity. No one gets out of the room without accepting their share of blame.

Jamesaust 11 years, 3 months ago

BigDog: "How about if the Democrats step up with their own plan...."

I've lost count of how many Democrat (or is it Democratic?) plans have been offered up (granted the Dems have never agreed on "a" plan). And Republican ones too! Bush's response is always the same and always cartoonish: pretend to think about it for a second and then say, 'Naw.'

Washington is drowing in a sea of plans but W's response remains: "I'm right; everyone else is wrong." (Pray tell - what past decision or choice would make anyone believe that Bush has the capacity to ever make a correct decision, except by mistake?)

Jamesaust 11 years, 3 months ago

right: "Did all the people hammered in the recent ice/snow storms scream foul at W?"

You're comparing the decimation of a city with a few farmers stranded without electricity for a week or two?

Katrina was the event that made all but the most partisan of Americans realize just how deep the incompetency in this Administration ran. Its you who needs to "get over it."

Jamesaust 11 years, 3 months ago

"But this war is owned and operated by the GOP."

I agree. But the 'articles of war' and all the invoices are countersigned by Democrats.

Seriously, if these two political parties can't start acting like serious adults there really is an opening for a third party in 2008 to displace the weaker of the two (right now, that's the GOP - they've got less than 12 months to perform a miracle in Iraq or divorce themselves from Bush. Brownback's already started.).

Maybe starting with a Rudy Guiliani / Bill Richardson ticket? Maybe Joe Biden / Chuck Hagel? Could there be a ticket combining national security, fiscal prudence, and religious neutrality?

Jamesaust 11 years, 3 months ago

right_thinker: I'm not "screaming racism." That's someone else's game. I'm screaming incompetence. I would start listing examples but there's too many; I'm at a loss for what competencies you believe this Administration has shown in any area: containing spending? reforming Social Security? weening the nation off oil (a self-adopted Bush goal)? North Korea?

The first thing an Incompetent does is point fingers and claim that everyone else is incompetent. Not all that different from a classic alcoholic (or is that Alcoholic-in-Chief) who blames everyone but themselves, living in a state of self-denial, protected by a phalanx of enablers.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 3 months ago

Irresponsible spending habits: http://www.googlesyndicatedsearch.com/u/... q=Iraq+american+Embassy&is=corpwatch.org&x=0&y=0

Richard Heckler 11 years, 3 months ago

No money for Iraq war or war on drugs yet...

CorpWatch : IRAQ: Green Zone Construction Boom It's the new American embassy in Iraq, the biggest U.S. embassy anywhere, maybe the biggest embassy anywhere ever. According to the Associated Press and the ... www.corpwatch.org/print_article.php?i... - 7k

Mkh 11 years, 3 months ago

Posted by Dambudzo (anonymous) on January 30, 2007 at 10:21 a.m "Bush and Haliburton are trying to build an infastruction that the locals can be proud of."

If Iraq is not a poor country why are they having so many problems?

Well I beleive it has something to do with the fact that the US Military completely destroyed the infrastructure of Iraq, which before the invasion was one of the most advanced in the Middle East.

Thats the short answer at least.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 3 months ago

RT, Willy hasn't been in office for several years now.

Get over it, please.

Jamesaust 11 years, 3 months ago

right_thinker - you really are "Willy-obsessed"

mick 11 years, 3 months ago

Bush' handlers are not interested in winning or even getting out of this mess, only in prolonging it. Otherwise they would have followed the Iraq Study Group or their military or one of the many plans for redeployment. In truth we have already lost a lot more than this war. We have lost our moral authority, our credibility and the trust of our allies. No more will we be the world's superpower.

Crispian Paul 11 years, 3 months ago

Posted by right_thinker (anonymous) on January 30, 2007 at 11:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

See, we're still talking about Katrina?

Get over it, please.

I don't think the hundreds of thousands of people who are still homeless, without their possessions and not knowing where the bodies of loved ones may be will be able to so easily "get over it". I, for one, think it's our responsiblity as those who were NOT directly affected by Katrina to be sure that people remember that a lot of people are still entirely displaced and dowtrodden by this event.

Crispian Paul 11 years, 3 months ago

Posted by Dambudzo (anonymous) on January 30, 2007 at 12:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

New Orleans is the deepest color of blue there is.

No wonder they were not prepared for a hurricane that took several days to get there.

I guess what every liberal community wants is big brother lurking over their shoulder reminding them of how to run every detail of their lives.

Now we know.

Again, I would say incomplete. The city, state and federal governments all bear sme of the responsibiliy for the lack of preparation for the storm. The city of NO and the state of LA knew for years that the levees would not hold in the event of a catastophic hurricane. When they went to the feds and Army Corps of Engineers and said flat out that the city and state did not have money to secure the levees. The feds then did nothing because it was a state issue and the state did nothing because they needed federal help.

Crispian Paul 11 years, 3 months ago

Posted by right_thinker (anonymous) on January 30, 2007 at 3:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe, but there'd be 3000 people alive right now if Willy had kept his libido in check and taken out a man, OBL, who Ollie North had said in the 80's he was the most dangerous man on earth.

If this is the case, RT, and Ollie North said this in the 80's, doesn't this fall to your man Reagan or Bush 1?

Linda Endicott 11 years, 3 months ago

Ollie North? You mean the man with the fastest shredder in the west? The man who in my opinion should have been facing charges himself but instead ended up with even more power?

Not a reliable source to me.

There would also be 3000 more Americans alive if Bush hadn't insisted on this war in Iraq.

Does that mean Clinton and Bush are even now?

mick 11 years, 3 months ago

Don't worry about the Dems. They have it made for the next 20 years because of W and his ilk. Last November was no fluke.

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