posted on Dec, 28 2006 @ 12:21 PM
You don’t get to be president without having a gut feel for the electorate. You know and I know B43 talked to Bob Gates before November 7. You know
B43 and Rummy “staged” his dismissal, and had agreed to make it look dramatic to the American voters, to make it look to voters as if B43 was at
last making a decisive move albeit a couple years late. You also know that after 10 months of deliberation by 10 highly respected and informed
citizens, five Republicans and 5 Democrats, the Iraq Study Group really served only one useful national purpose: it gave the president the “cover”
he needed to get out of Iraq and save some face. Legacy.
For a day or two, about a week after the election and after many “leaks” from the ISG Report, and several press conferences by Baker and Hamilton,
the public’s reception of the ISG Report was tested. Sure, Baker and Hamilton protested they could not say what was in the ISG Report.
When the Report was released, it put the ball clearly in B43's court. For reasons we may never know, B43 never took the bait. When he first showed
up on tv, trying to be nice, he did not say those words we were all straining to hear. Gradually, it has become apparent without B43 actually saying
so, the ISG Report was “dead on arrival” at the Oval Office. DOA. So much for an easy way out of a deadly quagmire. Now B43 has us put on
“hold” while he staggers around talking to anyone who will talk, hoping to find a “way out” of the quagmire he so blithely dragged us into.
And the KIA happen every day.
Unwilling to say publicly on Day 1 he was rejecting the ISG Report out of hand, instead B43 took cover and delayed facing the music, by claiming he
was waiting for yet another “review” by the Pentagon - still manned by Rummy’s people - and wait for a “look-see” by his “new”
appointee, his dad B41’s old chum, Bob Gates. So now, Bob has been there - Iraq - had all the de rigeur photo ops, sat down with the foot soldiers,
asked their opinions, and he is now back in the US of A, safe, and thinking to himself, “where can I get 30,000 fresh troops to “surge”
So what’s the options open to B43?
1) Quit the Iraq Civil War and come home before KIA #3,000.
2) Stay on the present course, which is going nowhere, unlit January 20, 2009.
3) Apologize and adopt the 79 recommendations of the ISG.
4) Convene a region-wide Peace Conference, including Syria and Iran.
5) Restart the Road Map for a serious settlement of the Israeli-Arab (Palestinian) Conflict.
6) Resign from office as an abject failure suffering from extreme mental fatigue.
[edit on 12/28/2006 by donwhite]