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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The State of the Union is Fragile

The reviews are in -- George Bush is chastened. Seeing is believing from a man who has a long history of saying one thing and doing another.

Whether the topic is health care, gasoline use, health care or Iraq -- not to mention judicial appointments, civil liberties or his views on Democratic loyalty to the nation -- George Bush has a long and distinguished record of speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

So why do we believe him now -- particularly when on the central issue of today, and the issue on which he will be judged by history -- he maintains he's right and we're wrong, polls be damned?

George Walker Bush currently stands at 28 percent in the New York Times-CBS Poll, right down there with Richard Milhous Nixon before his impeachment. Yet, facing a strong bipartisan call for a start of an Iraq withdrawal, Bush calls for increasing troop levels.

(Memo to Dick Cheney: the 'Democrat' alternative is the Iraqi Study Group and a host of other proposals that call for the Iraqis to stand up so that we can let them fight among themselves without killing our men and women).

This is the same man who acknowledged a "thumpin'" after Democrats took Congress and proceeded to offer up a stale John Bolton and staler conservative judges to the new Congress. He backed down only when it became clear he would lose and lose badly. Does that make his words believable? Hardly. Cut and run? Maybe.

The only way to judge this man and his words about the State of the Union is through his actions. And so far, (remember those State of the Union pledges to rebuild New Orleans after Katrina?) he shows himself to be one of the most bald-faced liars in American history.

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Blogger Causal said...

The poll taken just prior to Nixon's impeachment hearings had him at 68% approval.

January 24, 2007 6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush is such a disaster that whatever pleasure we might take in seeing him go downhill is overcome by the harm he is doing to the world. This is a very sad time.

January 24, 2007 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder when we will learn that if you are going to wage a war you'd better want to win it. I don't think we have the stomach for war anymore, and we'd better quit trying. This malaise started in Korea, I think. My heart breaks for the families of young men lost in these pathetic efforts. Bush's increase won't be an increase at all -- it will just refill the loss of allies.

January 24, 2007 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush is absolutely out of mind. I doubt have any doubt that we'll be going into Iran before the next SOTU.

January 24, 2007 11:08 PM  

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