I opted out on watching Bush deliver his address to the nation last night. Reading it is bad enough. I wasn't sure I could watch him deliver his
It's too bad he doesn't read much. Maybe he could have reviewed his speech in January before he delivered last night's fairy tale about the wonders of his blunders.
He said exactly two things that are unequivocally true.
Our troops in Iraq are performing brilliantly.
To our military personnel, intelligence officers, diplomats, and civilians on the front lines in Iraq: You have done everything America has asked of you. And the progress I have reported tonight is in large part because of your courage and hard effort. You are serving far from home. Our nation is grateful for your sacrifices and the sacrifices of your families.
Our troops have performed magnificiently and they are the only ones who have made any meaningful sacrifice on the altar of Bush's ego and blind ambition. They deserve better than empty praise backed up with a self-serving political strategy that ignores the reality on the ground.
Bush also made one tiny slide into honesty about his true agenda.
This vision for a reduced American presence also has the support of Iraqi leaders from all communities. At the same time, they understand that their success will require U.S. political, economic and security engagement that extends beyond my Presidency.
His ultimate goal is obviously to hand off his failure to the next administration and beyond. He speaks of preventing chaos while he actively fosters it and if you think it's bad now, just wait until he convinces himself it's his God appointed duty to bomb Iran because the next president won't embrace such insanity. It doesn't even matter if he's being deceitful or delusional. Either way it's just plain dangerous.