Bush’s contradictory policy

A few weeks ago in May, there was a big hub-bub as Bush spoke at the Israeli parliament.
Bush famously said this:

Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: “Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided.” We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history. “

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Bush is certainly right that you can talk with everybody. I would consider him to be someone who is beyond discourse. There are plenty of religious fanatics of all kinds–Christian, Muslim, etc.–that just don’t listen to argument.

But, let’s turn this around on Bush. How many goddamned times have we heard him talk about how democratic societies are free and peaceful societies? What Bush has been saying, in effect, is that all we have to do is either (1) bomb a country into democracy (which is a policy that has failed many times) or (2) talk them into it.

You can’t convert someone to think democratically at gunpoint. You have to change their cognitive “operating-system.” (Griff doesn’t like the phrase “world-view.”)

So, Georgie, don’t give me this shit that you don’t believe in the power of dialogue. You’re already a fan, jackass.

-MC Spanky McGee

Admiral Fallon quits being chief of da Middle East

Fallon resigns as chief of U.S. forces in Middle East

Adm. William Fallon has resigned as chief of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia after more than a year in the post, citing what he called an inaccurate perception that he is at odds with the Bush administration over Iran.

“Although I don’t believe there have ever been any differences about the objectives of our policy in the Central Command area of responsibility, the simple perception that there is makes it difficult for me to effectively serve America’s interests there,” he said.

I don’t know jack about William Fallon. But this sounds like weak tea. You’re going to quit over a misperception? You’re a damned admiral. You ought to be used to taking heat.

Look, I’m willing to be charitable here, and think that there’s something else going on between you and W.

But you can’t tell me that you’re upset because people don’t understand you. If you are, take off the uniform, put on some black clothes, paint your nails black, and go back to being a whiny goth dude.

That’s all I got on this one.

Jon Soltz thinks there’s more going on:

[Fallon] didn’t believe Iraq was making America safer, and knew that Iraq was a drain on the war in Afghanistan. He wasn’t going to put his neck out there and repeatedly shill for the administration. At the same time, like many brass, he was going to give his best shot, behind the scenes, to change the policy.

Another Bush casualty.

-MC Spanky McGee