Brent Budowsky has a post today on The Hill’s Pundits Blog about Bush’s obsession with Iraq. It’s a good read. Here’s a few quips:
On Iraq, George Bush is trapped in his own private Guantanamo, a detainee of his personal and uncontrollable obsession about this war, no matter what the truth, no matter what the cost, no matter what the consequences.
At every single step of the way towards this catastrophe, the Senate Republicans marched in lockstep, at first blinded by their power in controlling the Senate, and then blinded by their fear of standing up to the man most of them know is deadly wrong, about this deadly war.
On Iraq, George Bush’s vision is that America should be held hostage to whatever darkness governs his spirit on this war that should never have been fought.
Democrats never mattered in the war world of George W. Bush. He is the only American president in our history who used war itself as a partisan political weapon rather than an effort behind which our country could rally.
In George Bush’s world of war, he was never the president of the United States, he was the decider, the commander guy, the child who said bring ‘em on.
George Bush was the little man in search of total power, treating war not as a higher purpose to win with unity, but as a lower political art form to demean Americans he treats as enemies.
No American President, not even Nixon at his worst, has ever demeaned, defamed and dishonored the office once held by George Washington in this manner.
War was treated by George W. Bush not as a mean to unite the nation, to win the war, but as a means to divide the nation, to win his quest for unlimited power.
George Bush was never the president of the whole American people. He was never the president of Democrats or independents. He was never even the president of Republicans in the Senate, whose advice he repeatedly ignored, whose counsel he treated with total contempt.
I often wonder about people with obsessions and Bush really is a classic example with his obsession on Iraq. He’s also a classic control freak, in my opinion.
At this point Bush is still not willing to let go of his Iraq obsession but at least in recent weeks some Republicans in the Senate have shown a willingness to break free from his lock hold. As Budowsky points out:
If the Senate Republicans submit yet again to what they know is deadly wrong, they will be standing alone, with George W. Bush, against the entire free world, against their own private conscience, and they will suffer an epic landslide defeat in 2008 and will be convicted forever in the high court of history.
Public opinion on Iraq is at an all time low. It really is time for the Senate GOP to loosen Georgie’s grip on Iraq.