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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Fighting a losing war

It's time to be forthright and direct: George W. Bush is not simply a man of firm convictions. He is pigheaded in the face of overwhelming reality.

That, to me, is the takeaway message from the ongoing debate over what the poll numbers mean. A majority of the American people do not believe the man was honest and forthright in leading us into a conflict that continues to find new ways to demonstrate base human behavior (in the name of an extreme form of religion, it should be noted).

Beyond feeling that he is dishonest, a majority is now also reacting to his obstinacy in refusing to so much as acknowledge the possibility that he may have been wrong. If, and it's a big if, Iraq becomes a model democracy, it will have been in spite of George Bush.

Or was I misreading the stories that said even the fledging Iraqi leaders want the US to set a timetable?

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