Monday, October 11, 2004

On Point

E.J. Dionne discusses Bush's reluctance to accept responsibility for anything that's happened on his watch in the past four years:

A simple question will haunt Bush until election day:

...But a president who pushed the country so hard to go to war on the basis of supposedly imminent threats owes his fellow citizens more than a desultory 'oops.' That's why Bush's refusal to admit mistakes matters. It suggests his belief that voters, even at election time, have no right to a clear and candid explanation of what went wrong, and why.

And when in doubt, the president blames somebody else. Almost all of the war's supporters believe that the United States put too few troops on the ground to keep order after Hussein's fall. What did Bush say about this in the debate? He recalled sitting in the White House looking at those generals, saying, "Do you have what you need in this war?" and going to the White House basement and asking them, "Do we have the right plan with the right troop level?" And they looked me in the eye and said, "Yes, sir, Mr. President."

Convenient, isn't it? If we don't have enough troops in Iraq, it's the fault of the generals, not of a commander in chief who doesn't seem to like answers other than "yes, sir"....
It's absolutely clear that BushCo harbors no dissent in it's ranks - anyone on the inside who doesn't agree with the party line is shown the door very quickly. Kind of like a Bush campaign rally, if you think about it.

I'm looking forward to the day when the books are written by former BushCo employees. What a story they'll tell.