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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Mission Accomplished

Where have we heard this before?

The commission accused him of having decided hastily to go to war, neglecting to ask for a detailed military plan, refusing to consult outside the army and setting “over-ambitious and unobtainable goals.” One result ... was that (he) had been responsible for “a severe failure in exercising judgment, responsibility and prudence.”

And, following in the footsteps of the "Leader of the Free World," the leader of the only functioning democracy in the Middle East offers his critics a resounding phwwwfft.

The description of wartime mismanagement by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sounds frighteningly similar to that of AWOL Flyboy George W. Bush, four years after he stood on the deck the USS Abraham Lincoln to declare "Mission Accomplished."

Olmert, elected within the context of a parliamentary system, is under serious pressure to resign. One Cabinet minister has already stepped down and his parliament could force the issue by a vote of no confidence.

Bush, elected by the people (allegedly) feels no similar pressure. Despite a vote of both houses of Congress to set a timetable for withdrawal from a quagmire without end, i.e., a vote of no confidence, Bush delivered a formal veto mesage to offer his latest phwwwfft to the American people.

And his Secretary of State has already raised a proverbial middle finger to congressional leaders who think Bush will now consider a compromise that reflects the will of the American majority by setting performance benchmarks for our Iraqi "allies."

Israel should rejoice in a democracy where leaders are subject to the will of the people. Maybe that will be the case in the United States of America one day.

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