The Iranian position does not matter. The UN's position does not matter, our international partners position does not matter. The will of the American people, you, me our family and friends does not matter. The only thing that matters to George W. Bush is what George W. Bush thinks. Everyone else's opinion is just irritating noise. Why should he listen to anyone when he has been doing everything his own way and here he is now, sitting in the White House, and the most powerful man on the planet.
George Bush drank and drugged his future away for many years. Living in his father's shadow was hard for him. Having been emotionally abandoned by his father and mother after the death of his sister at a young age made George a virtual emotional orphan. His father, who seemed to excel at everything, was a hard taskmaster. It took everything that young George could do to get the approval of his father. After awhile, when he realized he couldn't fill his dad's shoes, he started to drink and drug his failures away. Later on in life, when George met Laura and promised her he would stop drinking, he managed to buy a baseball team and sell it, making him a small fortune.
He looked at himself as a self-made success story. Still, his father was now the head of the CIA, and later became Vice President and later President; back then he could still not fill his father's shoes. Bush knew inside that he had made it on his own (In denial that it was with the help of a powerful family name) and could now, since he straightened himself out and had Laura by his side, stand tall in front of his family. He went so far as to join his father's campaign as co-chair against Bill Clinton. When his father lost his bid at being a two-term President, George was disappointed at failing his father. He then ran for Governor of Texas and won. Texas's Governors are just about the weakest Governors in the nation. The real power rests with the Lt. Governor and the legislature. The Governor is just about regulated to being a figurehead. During that time however, George W, Bush managed to put to death more people than all the other states combined during his tenure in Texas.
Bush entered the Presidential race. He managed to get himself appointed President after losing the popular vote and having the race end up in the Supreme Court. The second election is won by a whisker and there are allegations of vote-fixing in Ohio. Never the less, He is The President. This is a man who by his own admission has done just what he has wanted to in life, and come out smelling like a rose. He is the "Teflon" President, nothing sticks to him. He is now more successful than his father was. He launches a war on his father's old enemy and has him hanged. Now he is better than his father. Now he has proved to everyone that George W. Bush's way is the better way. How dare anyone tell him what he should do and what he shouldn't do? How dare Congress try to block his ideas and his plans. His plans have always succeeded. He has proved himself better than his dad, and now he will prove it to the world. Iran will take the stigma of Iraq away, of that he is sure.
This is our President that answers to no one except himself. This is someone that has a self image of a self made man. He can't believe that his father's name and influence helped grease the skids, or that his family's money made his word worth something. He believes that he did it all himself, that if anything, his father got in his way. This is self will run riot. He can't even see that talking to the Iranians could actually improve his image. That if he were to get Iran to come to a political solution, this would be seen as a high water mark for his presidency. If the Iranians don't cooperate he could use that as another reason why they are evil. He can't see that far. Disagreements are to be solved, at least in his mind, in a way that will prove that he is the stronger personality. This man is still fighting childhood battles. God help us all.