posted on Jan, 21 2007 @ 08:23 PM
Irresponsible? Oh, how foolish of me, I forgot. Silent obedience has always been the cornerstone of responsible citizenship in a democracy, hasn't
Regardless of whether or not the surge is a good idea, telling the people who are supposed to be the ultimate authority in this country that they need
to shut up to be responsible citizens is ridiculous.
The majority of Americans think this war is a failure and think this troop surge is moving in the wrong direction. Sometimes presidents have to buck
popular opinion and stand on principle. I'm thankful for several who have done so, particularly President Lincoln, but when it fails, then you have
an obligation to the people to come back and explain to them why we had to try, admit that it didn't work out the way you expected, restate your
convictions but also be prepared to compromise to stave off complete failure.
If you're President Bush right now, the only thing to do is to say,
"I've done everything I can think of, but this problem is more difficult than I gave it credit for. We need a concensus to move forward on,
because I refuse to sacrifice the stability of our political process in the name of getting my way.
At present there remains a significant minority of public opinion that believes it would be incredibly foolish to simply abandon our responsibility to
Iraq, and so long as the newly elected congress is willing to refrain from simply ripping us out, I am going to seek a plan that addresses that
concern. I do however acknowledge the majority opinion that this is not working and was poorly done early on, and so I am asking the Congress to
assemble a group to work hand in hand with my people and build a solution that we all are willing to attempt. We will not find a way through this and
we will not allow this issue to do any further harm to the unity of our people. We're all here to serve the American citizens' interests and it's
time for both of our parties to abandon anything other than that.
Of course, that's not what's going to happen. Nobody wants to admit that they were wrong in a substantial way. Democrats will not take
responsibility for not making a stand earlier and forcing a compromise; Bush's failure in Iraq might be bad for America, but it's good for the
party. Bush will not take responsibility for refusing to adjust at every turn, for embracing a bad idea and protecting it from the facts, etc.
Everyone wants to be the one who got their way and prevailed in solving this problem on their own terms. Compromise and concensus are concepts lost
upon our political system.