Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Just like Lincoln

In fact, when it comes to Iraq, Bush was at his worst when he was humbly deferring to the generals and at his best when he was arrogantly overruling them.

No matter what you think of the rest of David the Likable's most recent column, that single line has got to be the single stupidest thing that David Brooks has ever written. If he keeps engaging in that kind of tomfoolery, the rest of the liberal blogosphere might need to start calling him "Bozo" instead of "Bobo." I guess it was sheer genius for Bush to overrule the generals that wanted more troops in the first place. I can't begin to find the words to describe the brilliance that led him to ignore the generals who opposed the war before* the invasion.

I wasted too much time discussing national politics during the Democratic primaries, so I won't go into much detail here. I'll skip the debate over whether it's really working, but, considering the basic premise of the surge, I really don't see how can it can be judged a success until after a return to pre-surge troop levels. We haven't gotten there yet.

*You gotta love the understated headline:
Some Top Military Brass Favor Status Quo in Iraq

"Some" included "some" members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the article didn't saying how many of the six members of the Joint Chiefs "some" referred to.

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