A Man with a Flashlight

“They don’t know where the hell they’re going.”
April 26, 2007, 1:21 am
Filed under: Politics, The War on Terror

– retired marine general John Sheehan explains why he declined to serve as White House coordinator of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The surge is a sound tactic, and it is succeeding modestly. But towards what strategy? Does anyone have any idea what Bush’s goal in Iraq is?

In related news, the president’s allies in congress are demoralized, depressed, and desperate. David Ignatius chronicles how influence within his own party is slipping through Bush’s rigid, inflexible fingers. Money quote:

This White House is isolated and ineffective; the country has stopped listening to President Bush, just as it once tuned out the hapless Jimmy Carter; the president’s misplaced sense of personal loyalty is hurting his party and the nation.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that Bush thinks Gonzales is doing a heck of a job.

The Bush presidency: it worked well as long as it didn’t need to change direction on anything. Then it failed.


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