PoliBlog: A Rough Draft of my Thoughts

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    1. I must confess, whenever Bush makes such pronouncements based primarily on a personal meeting, my mind always goes back to his statements about looking into Putin’s heart.

      My main question is why he keeps saying such stupid things? I recognize that his options are limited given the mess he’s created but that doesn’t mean he has to spout out meaningless platitudes that do nothing to address the complexities of the situation.

      Furthermore, the fact that he keeps on saying exactly the same thing about Maliki–and the war in Iraq, in general (e.g. “stay the course,” “finish the mission”)–while essentially not making any ACTUAL progress on the ground suggests that HE BELIEVES his empty rhetoric.

      It is the latter which is highly problematic for US security. And at this point, I dont think its possible for him to change.

      I would like to see an analysis done, but it always seems he justifies his policies using very solipsistic logic (e.g. “I believe,” “I am the decider,” etc…) rather than actually assessing a situation and making an argument based on weighing the costs and benefits of action or inaction.

      He has consistently hidden behind platitudes (“evildoers” “axis of evil,” “promoting freedom”) for the bulk of his presidency–now, events are catching up with him and he just comes off looking pathetic.

      Comment by Ratoe — Thursday, November 30, 2024 @ 8:48 am

    2. I agree with your assessment. It borders on the surreal at this point.

      Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, November 30, 2024 @ 9:20 am

    3. Well, well, well. What do we have here? Bush making another one of his “statements”. I’m surprised there aren’t any grammatical errors in this one. Maybe he forgot to add some in to make us all believe he’s an idiot as like he usually does. He really is clever for portraying himself as a complete idiot. Even though I am far from being a Bush supporter, one can’t ignore his sneaky technique that many Americans believe.

      Comment by Amanda — Friday, December 1, 2024 @ 10:31 am

    4. I equate his comment to the one he made in New Orleans: You’re doing a heck of a job Brownie.

      Comment by The Misanthrope — Friday, December 1, 2024 @ 10:51 am

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