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The Battle of Wills, the Taming of ... Bush, (or is it Congress?)

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When, on Friday, April 27th, 2007, Bush said, “and if the Congress wants to test my will as to whether or not I’ll accept the timetable for withdrawal, I won’t accept one.” ... His words rung like those of a dictator.


Sadly, Bush is not an actor, the words are not part of a play, and unlike The Taming of the Shrew, Iraq is not about the taming of wills: Bush’s or the Congress’. 


Sadly, Iraq is about Bush dishonesty vs. the honesty of a trusting people.  It is about Bush lying vs. truth telling. It is about openness and Sunshine vs. Cover-ups.  It is about invading and occupying those other nations vs. respect for those other nations. 


Iraq, like the rest of Bush’s power grab, is just another link in the chain of Bush’s repressive state. 


On Friday, April 27th when Bush uttered words asserting that he will not give Congress a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, he might have, just as well, said to congress, “you all might as well go home now. I have no further use for anyone of you.” I can easily extrapolate that unstated intent from his words. Bush wants to have his cake and eat it too, as the saying goes. I can, further extrapolate that intent from his actions.  Combined, his words and his actions could be equated to a full declaration by Bush of his Dictatorial State. Even when in the next breath, and probably not wanting to be perceived as one “going over the top”, he said, “I hope we don’t come to [a showdown.] I believe we can find a way forward.” 

...Sure! Bush can find a way forward just as long as it is his way forward, don't you know?  I can hear it all in the vinegar of his voice. I can hear it in his refusal to acknowledge that up to the time of his power grab, the United States has been a democracy of checks and balances where the Legislative Branch of government heretofore known as the Congress has had the power to legislate what goes, or what doesn't go in our country...

I can hear Bush's fear of coming close to the realization that, at this point, his back is not covered by the rubber stamp republicans of the 109th Congress. I can hear Bush's fear that if the Democrats of the 110th Congress do the right thing, if they stand up to Bush and tell him, "there is nothing else to negotiate here, Señor Forajido," Bush will crumble.  His self image as a tough castigator, bully-in-chief, supreme forajido in a land of plenty will shatter along with his psyche. 

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