Little Man Bush

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


  1. John Konop says:

    The Logic of Suicide Terrorism

    Professor Robert Pape is one of the top experts on terrorism in our country. His study that terrorism is about occupation, not fundamentalism ties to the NIE report, CIA and military intelligence. If most experts agree than why do both Parties support having our military long term on Muslim soil?


  2. Federalist says:

    Pape is a very smart man. I spoke to him a while back before the book was finsihed and think he did a great job, even though he did not take my one recommendation. I think that he could have given more history of combative suicide. I really do not think that the notable mentions he made of early jewish and muslim suicide combat gave enough insight to americans about the cultural acceptance and responsibility that is inherent in many cultures in the east. of course this was not a publication for every american to read, and he doesn’t need to write another discertation.

  3. Federalist says:

    I do agree with the statement you made, mr. konop. He probably knows more about this subject than any one else in this hemisphere.

  4. John Konop says:


    This is what most Americans should understand about the Middle East and Terrorism. That is why Hillary calling and GOP front runners wanting to have troops long term in the Middle East goes against what experts recommend.

    Professor Robert Pape: I think it depends not exclusively, but heavily, on how long our combat forces remain in the Persian Gulf. The central motive for anti-American terrorism, suicide terrorism, and catastrophic terrorism is response to foreign occupation, the presence of our troops. The longer our forces stay on the ground in the Arabian Peninsula, the greater the risk of the next 9/11, whether that is a suicide attack, a nuclear attack, or a biological attack.

  5. AlanR says:

    One small observation, and I admit not being familiar with Pape’s work. The observation is that we all criticize Bush as though American policy was achieving something during the 30 years before he took office, and that if no action were taken, we are guaranteed a better state of affairs than what we have.

    The answer is 42.

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