George W. Bush sounds increasingly like your average defiant teenager. The teenager won't clean his room, and the president won't leave Iraq.As I discussed below Bush has no strategy for Iraq but in addition he has no new rationale.
The president's latest news conference was another installment of rebel with a cause that a shrinking number of Americans believe in.
''We're not leaving so long as I'm president,'' promised - or threatened - Bush.
Bring it on
Bush, the stubborn, won't leave Iraq. And even worse, he won't admit mistakes relative to getting us there in the first place, or military miscues since, when it comes to carrying out the mission, he dooms us to travel the same misguided path as long as he remains in the White House.Yes a majority now don't see a relation between Iraq and the war on terror and even a greater majority have had enough of Iraq. Nearly 60% of Americans have had enough of Dubya himself. So bring it on Karl - even the Republicans are running.
What's a nation to do? Ground the commander in chief for the rest of his term and take away his car keys?
Bush - or rather Karl Rove - wants Iraq to be the defining debate in upcoming elections. They are gambling on it. They figure they can pull off the tried-and-true Republican song and dance one more time: They scare the country and marginalize those who challenge war in Iraq as left-wing moonbats who don't understand the true nature of the terrorist threat.
Bring it on, Mr. President.
The presidential rationale for staying in Iraq is the same old, same old. People know it and are weary of it.