Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Campaign of half measures

This quote from President Bush printed on the QC Times editorial page this morning caught my eye:
Now that conflict has come, the only way to limit its duration is to apply decisive force. And I assure you, this will not be a campaign of half measures and we will accept no outcome but victory.

President George W. Bush, March 19, 2003

Four years ago the President promised this war would NOT be a campaign of half measures. Since there are still many Americans among us who lived through World War II we all know what a total national effort to win a war would look like. It would not involve tax cuts for the rich and encouragements to go out shopping. Even the 27% of Americans who still support this war must surely agree that what the President delivered was the exact opposite of what he promised in the above quote.

The President obviously feels no inner moral imperative to say what he means and mean what he says. How did we end up with a president who operates more like a con artist than a statesman?

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