Okay, so Bush, as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, took responsibility for leading us into war. So what is the big deal with that?!? As CIC, Bush holds the final responsibility for military decisions. I remember a top-of-the-hour ABC radio news broadcast earlier today, as an anchorette proclaimed:
President George W. Bush took the blame for going to war in Iraq over faulty intelligence but said he was right to topple Saddam and urged Americans to be patient as Iraqis vote.
"It is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As president I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq, and I am also responsible for fixing what went wrong by reforming our intelligence capabilities and we're doing just that," he said.
"President Bush today uttered the "R" word regarding Iraq!""The "R" word?" I thought. What the heck did that mean?? The next sentence was,
"President Bush said that he takes responsibility for acting on faulty intelligence on leading the U.S. into war in Iraq."Like this was a remarkable revelation or something.
But I guess that the MSM expects Bush to behave in the same manner as another president from an earlier administration, who only did not subscribe to the "buck stops here" philosophy, but made it a practice to be damned sure that the buck stayed as far away from him as possible. Bill Clinton stayed away from the "R" word like a vampire would keep his distance from garlic.
When Saddam Hussein continued to deceive weapons inspectors, Bush said, "I had a decision to make - to hope for the best and to trust the word of a madman and a tyrant - or remember the lessons of Sept. 11 and defend our country.
"Given a choice, I will defend America every time," he said to cheers.
(Filed under The Fifth Column)