Thursday, January 11, 2007


When we say that Bush's Iraq strategy seems to be "keeping our troops in Iraq long enough to make some other president the loser," do we think he merely wants to forestall an embarrassing defeat so he can avoid taking the blame? Or is it more than that -- does he actually want to watch someone else lose? I thought about that after reading what Phil Nugent wrote before the speech:

Who knows what'll happen in two years; we just know that, whenever some future president pulls the plug, Bush will spend the rest of his life telling cheering crowds that he had everything teed up for victory, which would have come two minutes after the wimps gave up.

And if that's the case, what script from his family life is he reproducing? Who, in his head, is the person he hopes will be the wimpy fall guy? Is it Jeb? Or is it Poppy?

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