الثقة (خطاب بوش الأخير)
تايمز - 10/1/2007
Crisis of Confidence
Bush's way forward may be sensible. But his face showed fear—and that's no
way to rally a war-weary nation.
The president may well be right that we cannot afford to leave or lose in
But if he was trying to assure the country that he had confidence in his own
plan to prevent that collapse, well, a picture is worth
a thousand words. And the words themselves weren't that
assuring either. Does anyone in
George Bush had the look of a man who knew he had made a royal hash of
things in reaching for what most enlightened people
would say was a noble goal: a stable, antiterrorist
In his televised address about
Problem was, Bush had long since forfeited the political credibility that
FDR was able to maintain through his presidency.
Bush's political problem is not so much that he has lied to the American
people—though he may well have done so—but that he
seems for years to have been lying to himself.
What the voters saw on TV just now was a man struggling to come to grips
with his own unwillingness to face facts. It's still a
struggle. His acknowledgement of mistakes was oblique
and not as brave as it sounded at first blush. Mistakes
were made, and he said. "The responsibility rests
with me," he said. What he meant to convey was that
others had made the mistakes, but that he was stepped up
to take the hit. Hoo-aw! He said that he had
"consulted" congressional leaders of both
parties before he came to a decision on sending more
than 20,000 additional troops. He didn't really consult
with members of Congress, and certainly not with
Democrats, unless you consider Sen. Joe Lieberman a
Forty years ago, another president from Texas escalated an unpopular war. A
The president's chances of success, such as they are, now rest with the
reasonableness and details of his plan. Will it work?
His says that his generals "report" that it
will. Do the American people believe that it will?
I'm not sure that they are really listening, but if they were watching, they
can't have been reassured by the man they saw in the
basement of the White House.
من حق الزائر الكريم أن ينقل وأن ينشر كل ما يعجبه من موقعنا . معزواً إلينا ، أو غير معزو .ـ