No Thanks for the Memories October 7, 2007Posted by Jim Satterfield in Government, Politics, The Bush Administration.
The Washington Post reports on the people who have left the Bush Administration and how they are dealing with life after Bush.
The article speaks of soul searching but for at least two of Bush’s former staff there isn’t any of that at all. Rove and Bartlett don’t seem to regret or doubt anything. I just love this one about Bartlett:
He started to watch Bush’s last news conference on television, then turned it off halfway through after finding himself pacing the room. He still resents the newspaper articles that present Bush as “the most-isolated, stupid moron in America today,” but he knows he needs to move on.
Apparently Mr. Bartlett doesn’t appreciate what he, Mr. Rove and President Bush have done to deserve that opinion so richly. In addition when asked about regrets he said
“As far as how the presidency has gone,” he said, “these are the cards we were dealt, these were the decisions we made. I learned too much in that job — you can’t second-guess every decision you made.”
What cards were they dealt that forced them into Iraq when they chose to invade? None. There was no overwhelming weight of facts or some imminent threat that forced them to choose the date they chose. There was nothing forcing them to not give the U.N. weapons inspectors more time and put forth more effort in the cleanup of Afghanistan. Not if you looked at the intelligence objectively instead of trying to mold it into something to justify a decision apparently already made.
As for Rove, consider this gem of information:
Rove said his book will be worth it. “It will be vicious and slashing,” he promised. He sounded as if he was joking. Sort of. But it’s not as if he has gone off the reservation. At the end of the interview, he asked that his quotes be sent to the White House first. “I’m still a cog in the great machine,” he explained.
What?? Karl Rove do something vicious and slashing? Say it ain’t so!