Tuesday, November 28, 2006

President loses grip on reality based community

President Bush, speaking earlier today in Estonia, as reported by the NY Times:

“There’s a lot of sectarian violence taking place, fomented, in my opinion, because of the attacks by Al Qaeda, causing people to seek reprisal,” Mr. Bush said, adding that he planned to work with Mr. Maliki “to defeat these elements.”

Referring to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al Qaeda leader in Iraq who was killed by American forces over the summer, he added, “The plan of Mr. Zarqawi was to foment sectarian violence.”

Mr. Bush’s remarks are at odds with statements made in recent weeks both by American military commanders and by Mr. Maliki.

Stupefying. Absolutely stupefying. The President is under some hysterical delusion that the growing civil war in Iraq is the result of al Qaeda, the supposed terrorist network run by Osama bin Laden, instead of sectarian reprisal killings between Sunni and Shiite militias.

I need to pause for a second here.

President Bush is no longer running for anything. He is as lame duck as lame ducks come -- by the next election cycle, the GOP will have nominated someone else to run for President. So his comments, which I would typically dismiss as political "terrorist" pandering to the GOP base, cannot be interpreted as such. Instead, Bush must really believe the blatant nonsense he is spewing about al Qaeda in Iraq.

Our President is delusional. In a time of war. What more can be said?

[We are doomed? -- ed. ]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I think he really believes that Al Qaeda is loving the civil war in Iraq and helping it along if they can. That is what I think 'foment' means, probably. But to say that A Q is attacking, uhh, one side or the other I guess, now that is reaching pretty far out there for reasons why the whole thing is a debacle. He wants to somehow justify his choices and our actions. It is a personal thing with him now. And he is cornered.

Honestly, if it wasn't so terrifying, it would be terribly sad.


12:04 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

I agree that it is personal and that he feels cornered. And perhaps he needs to equate Iraq with al Qaeda in order to feel better about himself (since he remembers fondly those 90% approval ratings post-9/11). But his latest comments suggest he may honestly not have a grip on what is happening over there -- I know the more cynical among us already believed that, but there are some (me) who believed there was a difference between the political-public Bush and the private-Commander-in-Chief. I don't believe that anymore.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

It's just that he learned a new word, "foment" and he was looking for more ways to use it!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

Your boy DJ had a big, momentum changing catch last night.

Jeremy Stevens should not be a Seahawk next year. Is Itula Mili gone?

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, there are two words really, foment and sectarian. He is using them in sentences until they become 'his!'

This cynical observer doesn't believe he ever knew what was or is going on over there. Never.
~ Mamsie

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Jimmimoose said...

Still want to try to argue the insanity case with me, Ben? :-) Jesus.

I, too, had the thought that Bush had just learned the word "foment" earlier that day, and was eager to impress people with his newfound vocabulary.

I didn't get to see the game, how'd the offensive line look? From the 200 yards Shaun put up, I have some hope things are finally starting to come together.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not surprising. It's what can happen when religion mixes with political policy. Instead of changing policy when things go bad, it's a test of faith so one must keep on keeping on....

For Bush, it's an existential issue -- the universe must work a certain way based on a specific religious interpretation. It's similar to what life-long communists had to confront with the fall of the Soviet Union.

Also, it looks like Darth Cheney is reasserting his influence.

~ Big Daddy

11:19 AM  
Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

Poor Ben...
surrounded by unabashed liberals. How does he stand it?

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben is a realism based liberal, who attempts to use reason and some balance. The best kind of liberal, really, and one that might be the salvation of other wise do good run amuck.


12:41 PM  

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