Monday, May 10, 2004

 

Gratitude?

Atrios over at Eschaton links to this Reuters story.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush strongly backed Donald Rumsfeld on Monday and said the nation owed him a debt of gratitude, countering calls by some Democrats for the defense secretary to resign over his handling of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.
After a meeting with Rumsfeld, military leaders and other top administration officials at the Pentagon, Bush told Rumsfeld, "Thank you for your leadership. You are courageously leading our nation in the war against terror."

"You're doing a superb job. You're a strong secretary of defense and our nation owes you a debt of gratitude," Bush said.


There is so much wrong with this.

First off, Mr. Bush went to the Pentagon to show support to Mr. Rumsfeld. In this ever so political White House, that’s not so much a show of support for the Secretary of Defense as it was full on massage and toweling off of the SecDef by the president.

But the part that just reaches out and grabs you is where Mr. Bush says we owe Mr. Rumsfeld a debt of gratitude.

Is he serious?

Gratitude?

For the guy

1) Who won’t put enough troops in Iraq to secure the occupation...
2) Who oversees the political prisoners down in Cuba...
3) Who basically said we are not bound by the Geneva Conventions...
4) Who couldn’t be bothered to inform Congress that the MP’s in Iraq were beating and humiliating unarmed Iraqi prisoners...
5) Who allows the system of “torture lite” to continue...

This is the guy we owe a debt of gratitude to? This is a guy who should be kicked out on his ear.

Along with his CEO boss who gave him the job, and in light of demonstrable failures, lets him keep it.

Speaking of which, Mr. Bush ran as the CEO president, because his previous stints as CEO were so successful.

Can we now add his current office to his list of CEO failures and move on?

Because if the CEO president does not listen to people who are trying to warn him, AND surrounds himself with incompetents who can neither do the task the CEO president has delegated to them or refuse to pass up pertinent information from other subordinates, AND refuses to replace these incompetents – WHY would anyone vote to give the bumbler another try at the office.

This ain’t Arbusto you know.

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