From Al Dale, guest op/ed writer for the AJC today:
President Bush is sticking with his failed plan in Iraq simply because he has to.
He can’t back down after years of blustering about fighting them there so we don’t have to fight them here and other long-discredited rationales. But that’s not all. He can’t back down because the policies of his administration have led to the deaths of almost 4,000 American men and women in uniform and the maiming of tens of thousands more. Changing his mind, even if it would prevent further casualties, would make the previous deaths and injuries seem in vain. He’s in a corner of his own construction with nowhere to go.
It takes courage to own up to mistakes. Bush has never shown courage. Stubbornness, yes. Courage, no. So we’re stuck with a policy that will be handed off to the next administration to fix. That’s par for the course for a man who failed to serve his country during Vietnam, got into Yale as a “legacy” student, rode the coattails of his daddy’s fortune and position through various business enterprises