Bush declares that Hezbollah lost the war in Lebanon. Just like that. Bam! No matter about what the facts are, what the Israelis are saying about tossing out Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on his ear because of his inept handling of the conflict, or that pretty much every news account I have seen has stated that Hezbollah came out of this militarily weaker but politically much, much stronger. Bush’s own version of reality will not allow him to acknowledge that one of the table legs that support his foreign “policy” is complete and utter nonsense. Democracy does not occur by dropping tons of bombs on people. Terrorists become more emboldened by such military action, not less. But Bush and his minions cannot see this. Therefore, they declare what they would liked to have happen. To them, this declaration of their wishes immediately turns it into reality, somewhat like Aladdin declaring his wish to the genii in the bottle. In this case, however, the bottle that the genii was supposed to have been in was apparently a hookah, and all that smoke they saw was from the hashish these nutballs have been smoking, not a magically empowered genii willing to grant any sort of wish, no matter how insane it might be.
I never trusted Bush. But I never would have believed that he would be such a complete and utter imbecile while in office. Apparently, I am not the only one. I just found this story at Americablog.
Apparently the President met with some leading Iraq and Middle East scholars and informed them that he's "frustrated that the new Iraqi government ? and the Iraqi people ? had not shown greater public support for the American mission." Further, he was reportedly "puzzled" as to how recent anti-American protests could draw so many people.
Everybody knows he's out of touch, but wow. Just . . . wow.
This coming from a man who apparently advocates "constructive chaos" as a policy for an entire region of the world. I'm really running out of ways to be shocked by the incompetence of this administration. The leader of the free world is so clearly out of his depth that it's incredibly difficult for me to imagine his administration doing anything right -- anything at all -- in these difficult times. One despairs.