On March 21st, in response to the question, Will there come a day when there will be no more American forces in Iraq? Bush replied, That will be decided by future Presidents. Nonetheless, at this press conference, and in all his recent public statements about Iraq, Dubya expressed confidence in the progress of the occupation, I believe we're going to succeed. Recent revelations about the planning for the invasion indicate that the President was similarly upbeat about the prospects for a rapid transition to a stable Iraq. A recent New York Times article indicated that Bush envisioned a transition to a new Iraqi government that would be complicated, but manageable [and] predicted that it was unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups.
Nonetheless, The most recent Gallup Poll indicates that 32 percent of Americans persist in the belief that George Bush has a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq. In the Vietnam War, when public opinion turned against the war, it was not divided along Party lines. However, the Iraq war has become intensely partisan. If you are an independent or a Democrat, then you feel that Iraq is a mess and the President doesnt know what hes doing. If you are a Republican then you believe that Iraq will be fine and Bush is a stalwart leader.
Those of us who are not Republicans wonder how can one-third of the country be so out of it? What accounts for the fact that a delusion has such a persistent effect? The answer is that most Republicans daily repeat the same mantra over and over, The President is a Christian; I shall ask no questions.
The ones I cant understand are the non-Christian, conservative Republicans who pledge allegiance to Bush as their CEO. I must be missing something, because I keep expecting them to have more sense.
Dubyas carefully crafted image as Americas CEO President ignores the reality that he has consistently been a failure as an executive. Hes made dreadful mistake after mistake, but never learns from any of them. As an oilman, baseball executive, governor, and now as President, George Bush has been a figurehead executive, the public face of an enterprise where the real power lay somewhere else. His oil businesses were notable disasters, although he never suffered financially, as friends of the Bush family bailed him out. Because George W was buffered from reality throughout his adult life, he never had to come to grips with his failures. The lessons he didnt learn are painfully evident in the occupation of Iraq, where Bush has committed each of the classic CEO mistakes and hasnt recognized any of them.
When their projects go disastrously off-course, CEOs find it difficult to pull the plug. Typically, they plead for more time; insist that they see the light at the end of the tunnel. President Bush claims, The progress in the past year has been significant and we have a clear path forward. Beleaguered CEOS argue that to even talk of shutting down a project demoralizes those working on it. President Bush maintains, It would send the wrong message to our troops who need to know that we are serious about completing the mission they are risking their lives to achieve.
So its one thing to excuse the ultra-Christians who support Dubya: theyve got lemming mind. Its quite another thing to explain the economic conservatives who steadfastly defend the President: theyre either blinded by greed or amazingly stupid.
Recently, those of us who oppose the Bush Administration have begun using the F word, fascist, to describe it. Certainly that fits. But theres another F word that also works: failure. George W. Bush is a failure as a President. Whether you see him primarily as a Christian or as Americas CEO, hes a failure.
Say it loud and say it proud: Gimme an F. Gimme an A... Whats that spell? F-A-I-L-U-R-E. Thats the Bush legacy, failure.