The Fifth Horseman: Dear President Bush: WTF?

Friday, October 07, 2005

 

Dear President Bush: WTF?

Well, the New York Times ahs been at it again...this time Thomas Friedman has penned a column entitled "What Where They Thinking?". Here are some choice excerpts:
For Mr. Bush, the question would be: What were you thinking? If you bet your whole presidency on succeeding in Iraq, why did you let Donald Rumsfield run the war with just enough troops to lose? Why didn't you establish security inside Iraq and along its borders? How could you ever have thought this would be easy?

And this:
Sadly, what Iraq desperately needs most from the U.S. today are A.I.D. workers, State Department advisers and technical experts from every agency of the government who can help rebuild Iraq's human capital. But people are afraid to go. And who can blame them? We have never established basic public order there, because we never had enough troops

Now, let me make one thing absolutely clear: our troops should never have invaded Iraq in the first place. However, since we're stuck there, despite my opposition to the war, I know that our only current option is to give the military what it needs to bring everyone home safely. That means body armor, ammo, medical supplies and, yes, even extra troops.

However, the Chickenhawk Brigade has done none of this. In fact, it appears that the White House had no plans whatsoever for an extended stay in Iraq. Like Friedman, this raises one question in my mind: what were they thinking?

The best-fitting term, although juvenile, is this: WTF?

And I'm hardly alone in this sentiment. In fact, it seems that the rest of the nation is finally wising up and raising that same question.

My evidence? This poll from CBS News:
"What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?"

War in Iraq:18%
Economy/Jobs:16%
Gas/Heating oil crisis:5%
The President/George W. Bush:5%
Terrorism (general):4%

Other:45%
Unsure:7%

That's right, ladies and gentlemen. Americans have finally realized that the President himself is a greater threat to this nation than terrorism.

Well, all I've got to say is this: it's about time.

WTF, Mr. President? WTF?

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