Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Some Questions for President Bush

The spin by the right is reaching an amazing level of denial. Think Progress has a post on political consultant Dick Morris who thinks the civil war in Iraq might be a good thing:
On March 16, conservative pundit Dick Morris told Sean Hannity things were going better than people thought in Iraq, arguing “what is going on is not a civil war.”

Now, Morris believes that there is civil war in Iraq but argues that it’s a good thing. Appearing on the O’Reilly Factor last night, Morris said “a civil war is progress, because it means it’s no longer a war against us.”

This kind of lame analysis seems to be the best Bush defenders can manage these days. Did Bill Clinton really use this guy?

Here's another story from David Gregory of NBC on the MSNBC website:
Just back from the White House press conference with Nouri Al-Malaki and I'm struck by a couple of things: It was the Iraqi prime minister's first ever visit to the White House and yet the White House allowed just two questions from the American and Iraqi press. So many issues remained unaddressed. It would seem to me that the president would want a fuller airing of his views on a subject severely undermining his political status at home and U.S. policy abroad.

Here's what I would have asked: "Mr. President, you argued before the war that invading Iraq would bring stability to a vital region of the world and would create a new stage of Arab-Israeli peace. Yet today, sectarian violence in Iraq is killing 100 civilians a day in Baghdad; Democratic reform has produced Hamas and Hezbollah; U.S. policy has also created a defiant, resurgent Iran. Do you acknowledge fundamental misjudgments about the war and what do you do about them now?"

Everyone in America wants to know what's going on in Iraq and the press is restricted to two questions? David Gregory's question would have been a good one if he had been allowed to ask it but I wish somebody had been able to ask Bush or al-Maliki if they agreed with Dick Morris and thought the civil war somehow represents 'progress'? It's long past time for the president to be honest with the American people and to answer their questions.

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