By Nancy Jane Moore
It seems that Bush is still planning to "stay the course" in Iraq, despite the findings of the Iraq Study Group.
According to a report from the McClatchy newspapers Washington bureau, Bush has taken to comparing himself to Harry Truman, who was unpopular when he left office but later won praise for his job as president.
However, I suspect it was Truman's basic integrity -- not his handling of the Korean War -- that brought about his rehabilitation. Bush doesn't have integrity to fall back on.
History is not going to be kind to a president who used the excuse of an attack on the United States to start an unnecessary war against a country that wasn't involved. Not only has the U.S. invasion left Iraq in shambles, it has diverted our military from actions that would make our country safer and left us unable to respond effectively to other threats.
The McClatchy article also notes that members of Congress are frustrated with Bush's refusal to face reality on Iraq. It quotes incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Bush:
He is tepid in what he talks about doing. Someone has to get the message to this man that there have to be significant changes.
Lederman suggests that Congress could put some of the Iraq Study Group recommendations into a bill and pass it. Even if Bush vetoes it, and even if Congress doesn't have the votes to override the veto, the issue would be on the table.
Some of the comments to Lederman's post suggest that Congress go for a resolution -- since a resolution can't be vetoed -- showing no confidence in the president because of his Iraq policy.
This idea has lots of merit. It's way past time that Congress asserted itself. If we're going to restore our democracy and improve our relationship with the rest of the world, Congress has to act. Bush is going to "stay the course" no matter how much of our country he destroys in the process.