President Bush’s “surge” speech

My thoughts, as expressed in an email to Andrew Sullivan:


The thing that struck me most about President Bush’s speech was how scared (chastened?) he looked. I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds his usual swagger and smirk annoying as hell. This is the first time I’ve seen him without them.

I think the “real message” of the speech is this: the Bush Administration has resigned itself to the likelihood of failure and is seeking to spread the blame around:

  1. Bring in a bipartisan report so the Democrats assume some ownership of the war.
  2. Lay the groundwork for blaming the Iraqi government when you finally admit defeat and bring home the troops.
  3. Bring neighbouring Arab countries into the equation.

The President admitted that failure is a real possibility when he appealed to Saudi Arabia and other countries: “the failure of the USA in Iraq will be bad news for you guys”.

No, the President is not running for reelection. But historical legacy must be rising to the fore of his consciousness at this late stage of his presidency. “It wasn’t my fault we failed in Iraq … don’t pin it on me!”


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. juggling mother
    Jan 13, 2007 @ 03:39:16

    Tony Blair has been getting on in the act by saying the UK should continue to fight wars across the world after he’s gone (although we are still supposed to be withdrawing all our soldiers from Iraq)

    You wonder how people from diametrically opposed ends of the political spectrum can be so similar in their world view.

    Something along the lines of: power corrupts………?


  2. Stephen
    Jan 14, 2007 @ 14:29:59

    I’d love to know Tony Blair’s private thoughts on George Bush.


  3. juggling mother
    Jan 14, 2007 @ 17:17:51

    me too – although I doubt we ever will *grin*


  4. unitedcats
    Jan 17, 2007 @ 14:04:16

    Yerp, Bush’s “squeeze the already overstretched army further” plan is a transparent effort to spread the blame when the final debacle unfolds and the US has to withdraw from Iraq. The man has never taken responsibility for failure in his life, so no surprise. JMO —Doug


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