Saturday, November 04, 2006

Iraq: GWB's Elbe

Meantime, things are going badly for GWB on the issue of Iraq, at least if you believe the NeoCons who are quoted in Vanity Fair.

[Bush] did not make decisions, in part because the machinery of government that he nominally ran was actually running him. The National Security Council was not serving [Bush] properly. He regarded [then National-Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice] as part of the family."--Richard Perle

"Ask yourself who the most powerful people in the White House are. They are women who are in love with the president: Laura [Bush], Condi, Harriet Miers, and Karen Hughes."--Mike Ledeen

"[Bush] doesn't in fact seem to be a man of principle who's steadfastly pursuing what he thinks is the right course. He talks about it, but the policy doesn't track with the rhetoric, and that's what creates the incoherence that causes us problems around the world and at home.--Frank Gaffney

"The most dispiriting and awful moment of the whole administration was the day that Bush gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to [former C.I.A. director] George Tenet, General Tommy Franks, and [Coalition Provisional Authority chief] Jerry [Paul] Bremer—three of the most incompetent people who've ever served in such key spots.--Ken Adelman

"Huge mistakes were made, and I want to be very clear on this: They were not made by neoconservatives, who had almost no voice in what happened, and certainly almost no voice in what happened after the downfall of the regime in Baghdad. I'm getting damn tired of being described as an architect of the war. --Richard Perle

"I wouldn't be surprised if what we end up drifting toward is some sort of withdrawal on some sort of timetable and leaving the place in a pretty ghastly mess.… I do think it's going to end up encouraging various strands of Islamism, both Shia and Sunni, and probably will bring de-stabilization of some regimes of a more traditional kind, which already have their problems.… --Eliot Cohen

Doesn't comport with Rush-thought, does it?

Are these guys simply 'sour grapes,' having been roasted and toasted for their (alleged) influence in starting this thing with the Pollyanna dreams they had? Or are they trying to pin the target on GWB in a "false-flag" operation?

Or is this a group of sober, reflective observations from mature and capable public servants?

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