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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, December 09, 2005

RE: Saddam Belongs in a Glass Booth

I think what Charles (and many other neo-cons) are really upset about is the fact that Bush has lost interest in the war in Iraq. History is written by the victorious, but if you get bored and wander away, victory isn't going to be the result. I think most of the neo-cons overestimated the attention span of the clueless frat-boy from Texas.

For Bush, the war ended right around the time he flew onto the deck of that aircraft carrier and said, "Mission Accomplished." The war for Bush was an event, not a fact. It was a few extra lines to throw into a campaign speech. His wish for his legacy was to be able to proclaim that he ousted both the Taliban and the Baathists and got some juicy payback on Saddam's Arab heiney. Unfortunately for him, the actual prosecution of the war turned out to be longer than a photo-op. We quit fighting this war properly over a year ago. The Bush Administration has tried to ignore the actual fact of the war and the outcome is now anything but certain.

Most of the neo-cons are afraid their agenda will look bad if Iraq ends like Viet Nam. The stakes are much, much higher than that. If we leave Iraq swinging in the wind, the crazies in Iran, Syria, and North Korea will no longer have any reason to pause in their planned annihilation of their respective enemies. After all, there is nothing to fear from a paper tiger.


Blogger brainhell said...

Hoo-ahh! Stay the curse!

Friday, December 09, 2005 4:52:00 PM  

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