Bush Touts His "Hard Decisions" On Iraq
President Bush, speaking in Indonesia, said he welcomed the fact that thousands of people had been demonstrating for days across the sprawling archipelago against his visit and policies in Iraq and the Middle East.
“I applaud a society where people are free to come out and express their opinion,” he told a press conference with his host, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. “It’s not the first time people have shown up to express their views on my policies. That’s what happens when you make hard decisions.”
This is a classic example of Bush spin. Bush's decision to ignore intelligence saying there was no link between Iraq and Al Qaeda? "Hard." Bush's decision not to reign in people in his administration from continuing to make that connection? "Hard." Bush's decision not to listen to generals who said we needed more troops in Iraq from the get-go? "Hard." Bush's decision to not have any communication with potential terror threats Iran and Syria? "Hard." Bush's decision to demonize Americans who oppose his decisions? "Hard."
It's a tomato-tomato thing. Bush says "hard," and most Americans say "bad."