Saturday, December 2, 2006

On Bush, Iraq and Garages

This past Friday, Bush gave Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki a ringing endorsement.

"He's the right guy for Iraq," said Bush, standing alongside al-Maliki at a news conference after nearly two hours of private meetings. "We're going to help him, and it's in our interest to help him, for the sake of peace."

Ah yes, the patented President Bush endorsement. Al-Maliki has joined the ranks of former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and former FEMA chief Michael Brown. It’s more of a curse than anything, with Bush being some sort of incompetent King Midas–everything he touches withers.

Despite the mistakes of mammoth proportion that the administration has made, I’ve always felt that pulling out now would lead to Iraq turning into a failed state and more of a haven for terrorists than it already is. However, it’s getting harder and harder to separate my support for the war from the cowboy attitude that the Bush administration continuously exhibits. How can I say that think the best course of action is to “stay-the-course” yet lack any confidence in our leaders to effectively do so?

My biggest worry is that in Bush’s quest to leave any sort of positive legacy, he’ll withdraw the troops before Iraq is ready, and declare victory while knowing full well that Iraq is completely screwed. For a disturbing read on a president who did just that, I highly recommend Larry Berman’s No Peace, No Honor.

In other news the Air force has determined that garages everywhere are a threat to national security: Military Jams Garage Doors.

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