State Of The Union Address, part 1
I listened to some of the State Of The Union address tonight – as much as I could stomach with the audience breaking in a hundred times or so with applause. This is why i prefer to read a transcript the next day. Maybe a future candidate will promise; “I will let my press secretary read my SOTU each year. Nobody sucks up to press secretaries so you won’t have to listen to all the pointless applause.”
Bush appealed for us to give his new policy “a chance to work.” Hell, I’m for that – the president ought to have at least one thing turn out right during his term in office.
GRANTING that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, and we never should have invaded in the first place, and that it probably was a misplaced vendetta by our decider-in-chief, and granting that the war has been mismanaged in just about every way imaginable, and stipulating that it has damaged us internationally and taken resources away from Afghanistan, which is neither finished nor won… granting all that…
The president is probably right. You know the saying about a stopped clock – right twice a day. If we pull out now and leave Baghdad unprotected, it will make a horrible situation, even worse.
This is not to say that the president’s plan guarantees success – actually the chances are slim at best. But we broke it, we bought it. The best we can hope for is some stability in the next year or so. To me this is a debatable judgment call; I am not by any means certain about it. So I won’t bite your head off if you disagree but that’s my take on it.
Don’t forget this come next election, though. Try for a Democratic president – even if it’s Hillary (ugh) – and maybe a Republican Senate and Democratic house. Do not let any one party have total control, ever again.
I’ll have more to say this weekend after studying the transcript.