Friday, December 08, 2006

Bush Spins To British Press On How He Has Acknowledged How "Bad" Iraq War Is

The British press grilled President Bush early and often during Bush's joint press conference yesterday with British Prime Minister Tony Blair -- leaving our president to sound remarkably like a guilty child hoping to escape punishment.

Q: Mr. President, the Iraq Study Group described the situation in Iraq as “grave and deteriorating.” You said that the increase in attacks is “unsettling.” That won’t convince many people that you’re still in denial about how bad things are in Iraq, and question your sincerity about changing course.

BUSH: It’s bad in Iraq. (extremely long pause) Does that help? (Laughter.)

Q: Why did it take others to say it before you’ve been willing to acknowledge for the world ...

BUSH: In all due respect, I’ve been saying it a lot. I understand how tough it is. And I’ve been telling the American people how tough it is.

Let's break down Bush's responses:

BUSH: It’s bad in Iraq. (extremely long pause) Does that help? (Laughter.)

This is the sort of response you'd expect from a nine-year-old who is about to be punished. "Say you're sorry," the parent says. "I'm sorry," the child replies.

"Does that help?" Bush asks, and the nervous laughter follows from the gathering. Like the guilty child hoping for redemption, Bush doesn't understand what he's done wrong, but hopes that the right words can win him favor.

BUSH: In all due respect, I’ve been saying it a lot. I understand how tough it is. And I’ve been telling the American people how tough it is.

Let's start off with the obvious: "tough" is not a synonym for "bad" (although it can be a synonym for "bad luck," as in a "tough break" -- but that's not how Bush is using the word.)

But regardless of that little bait-and-switch, Bush has not been saying "a lot" how tough/bad things are in Iraq. As recently as October, Bush said the U.S. was “absolutely” winning the Iraq war. Right before the election, Bush said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was doing a "fantastic" job of managing the Iraq War.

The closest Bush has come since then to saying how "tough" things are in Iraq was when Bush responded to mass protests of him in Indonesia by saying, "That’s what happens when you make hard decisions.” Bush also used the "hard decisions" line during an October press conference.

So maybe Bush was confused. Or maybe he doesn't understand that the British speak English, read American newspapers and texts of his speeches, and know when they're being lied to.

Or maybe Bush just doesn't know what to say at this point, and like the guilty child hoping for redemption, Bush hopes that the right words can win him favor. Truth be damned.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if there were some Generals or retired Generals on this panel I might take it seriously.

"Mr. Hitler this is Mr.Chamberlain calling. I would like to sit down with you and have a chat. I have some papers here for both of us to sign. What's that? Munich? Sure I can meet you there. Lunch? Sure we can do lunch and then lets sign these papers."

That sure worked out well didnt it?

8:21 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Or, as Baker said, the U.S. had to talk to the Soviets throughout the Cold War.

The current gameplan of not talking to the countries in the Middle East we don't like hasn't worked.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And it worked so well when the Clinton Administration talked with Arafat, right?

Reagan went to talk to the Soviets and walked out on them. Peace through strength.

"My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time."

Neville Chamberlain

11:39 AM  
Anonymous whoop44678 said...

Anonymous said "My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time."

I agree with you that this is the same conversation a diplomat would make after returning from the U.S after a talk with Bushey! The world can trust Bush as much as the world trusted Hitler I guess you are trying to say?

Hell, we agree on something( some common ground) finally!

12:38 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Reagan went to talk to the Soviets and walked out on them.

>>

Reagan also was able to find common ground with Mikhail Gorbachev. Nixon went to China.

The current system is broken.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

IMO Bush really has no confidence that Iraq wants democracy or to make a concerted effort to stop all of the violence, otherwise he would have a sincere belief that Iraq would be able to take care of themselves if our military were to leave! If the purple fingers really meant what Bush, his cronies and his supporters have said it meant, then there should be confidence that Iraq would do what it had to do to get things under control if the U.S were to leave.

IMO there must be agreement between those in power in Iraq and the Bush adminstration to allow the violence to continue until enough have died to cleanse Iraq of the trouble makers( an approved "Civil War", but calling it something else)!

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Gen. Patton said...

Ok "Rob of whocares," you've forced the General to call you out...We're not talking to countries we don't like, dummy. We're not talking to countries that are hell bent on our distruction and the destruction of our allies. Most people with a backbone call them enemies. "Rob of whocares" calls them "countries we don't like." What a wuss. I hope you're the first pinko to loose its head, when the people "we don't like invade "whocares."

1:46 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

So Gen. Patton. What is your solution to not talking to the countries?

Lot of neocons and Bushies like you spout out such nonsense (but of course, unlike you, they at least state it intelligently) but when you ask them for an alternative, and unless they offer something even more stupid like "Blow 'em all up", they leave you with a blank stare.

They have no alternative, because here is what these psychopaths really want.
Constant world war, military-dictatorship government for the U.S., a continuing U.S. military-industrial complex, and unyielding control of the masses through fear and paranoia.

Gen. Patton. Please join up with the crazy anonymous above and head back to the insane asylum. Nurse Ratchet has a special enema waiting just for the both of you.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

We're not talking to countries we don't like, dummy. We're not talking to countries that are hell bent on our distruction and the destruction of our allies. >>

Like Russia during the Cold War.

You understand the problem, but you don't want to use the strategy of past presidents -- Democrat and Republican.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Gen. Patton said...

The problem "Rob from Whocares" is you and your ilk have decided its more important to defeat your enemy at home (ie Bush) than it is to destroy the enemy we all face abroad: bloodthirsty Islamic scum. So you've succeeded in dividing this Great Nation. And now all of us will pay the price. Thanks a lot pinko.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

rob of wilmington, del. said...
"Like Russia during the Cold War.

You understand the problem, but you don't want to use the strategy of past presidents -- Democrat and Republican."


Rob, think about what you are saying for a moment. We talked to the USSR because they were another superpower, with nuclear capability. We HAD to talk with them. How can you compare a couple of rogue nations like Iran and Syria to what we faced back then?

Of course, if we keep running our foreign policy through the useless, feckless U.N., with Russia and China undermining us with their vetoes every step of the way, it will be deja-vue all over again when Iran finally succeeds in acquiring its own nuclear weapons. Then what?

1:39 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

"Of course, if we keep running our foreign policy through the useless, feckless U.N., with Russia and China undermining us with their vetoes every step of the way, it will be deja-vue all over again when Iran finally succeeds in acquiring its own nuclear weapons. Then what?"

Trinity, this time you have really lost it.
Calling the U.N. "useless and feckless"?!
Yes, the U.N. has its shortfalls and weaknesses, but it is the best thing this world has to preserve some semblance of peace and world order.
It goes much further in promoting the U.S. ideals of Democracy, peace and justice throughout the world than you and your neocon and Bushie heroes could ever dream (if that were more than only their represented goals anyway).

The Bushie conservative position is to reject any and all diplomacy, negotiation or attempt to talk with our "enemies", and so it only goes for them, I suppose, to also trash the organization PUT IN PLACE BY THE UNITED STATES representing those values.

But Trinity you and your ilk condemning the Iraq Survey Group and the U.N. or anything else conflicting with with your neocon death wishes offer no alternatives.
You cannot accept many developments of late showing that much saner minds have prevailed. Your fantatical viewpoints have been isolated and rejected.

So you're like a mouse rightfully reduced to a squeak yet still trying to be heard.

3:37 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Did you ever think, Trinity, that if Bush had listened to the U.N., we wouldn't be in this disaster in Iraq right now?

The general thinking masses have had just about enough of these Dumbo The Elephant Republicans, like John McInsane, who believe the U.S. has unlimited military power and resources to rid of all of our enemies, real or perceived.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

trinity said... Of course, if we keep running our foreign policy through the useless, feckless U.N., with Russia and China undermining us with their vetoes every step of the way, it will be deja-vue all over again when Iran finally succeeds in acquiring its own nuclear weapons. Then what?

I guess we would talk to them like we have with Russia, Pakistan and India and like we would do if there was an indication China wanted to invade Taiwan. I also guess you and Gen Patton think democrats and repukes should not talk to each other to solve our countries woes! Just continue the hate and verbal WAR forever until it breaks out into a killing WAR? Bring it on, I say!

3:05 PM  

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