Several recent comments by President Bush are telling. The first characterized V.P. Dick Cheney as a sunny optimist.
"I think that the vice president is a person reflecting the glass half full mentality," Bush said in regard to his V.P.’s statements on Iraq.
Huh? Why then is the Vice President so pessimistic about a small number of people’s ability to do harm on a widespread basis? Why is so dark that he spends months lobbying for torture on Capital Hill? How much of the glass did the V.P. drink before firing into the sun and hitting a huge Republican campaign donor while quail hunting ?
The second statement involves that same war in Iraq.
President Bush said Monday "we will respond firmly" if Tehran escalates its military actions in Iraq and threatens American forces or Iraqi citizens.
The choice of words is priceless as the U.S. used “surge” and “augmentation,” but definitely not “escalation” to describe an increase of troops in disintegrated Iraq. It appears the Bush team saved “escalation” for its enemies.
Does anyone believe these folks anymore? Not many as the President’s approval rating dropped to the low 30’s. Nearly 60% wish the Bush Presidency were over. But don’t worry as Cheney and Bush are grateful for the 30% of Americans that are with them. Should the 70% beware as the Dick/George duo repeatedly called out “if you’re not for us, you’re against us”?