An isolated President who doesn’t care

President Bush concedes he isn’t popular, and that the war in Iraq isn’t either. Yes, progress is overdue and patience is all but gone. Yet none of that changes his view that more U.S. troops are needed to win in Iraq.

“I’m not going to try to be popular and change principles to do so,” Bush said in a television interview that aired Sunday night.

Digging in for confrontation, Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney say they will not budge from sending more U.S. troops to Iraq no matter how much Congress opposes it.

“I fully understand they could try to stop me,” Bush said of the Democrat-run Congress. “But I’ve made my decision, and we’re going forward.”

As the president talked tough, lawmakers pledged to explore ways to stop him.

“We need to look at what options we have available to constrain the president,” said Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, a possible White House candidate in 2008. Democrats remain wary, though, of appearing unsupportive of American troops.

A defiant Cheney, meanwhile, said Democrats offered criticism without credible alternatives. He pointedly reminded lawmakers that Bush is commander in chief.

“You cannot run a war by committee,” the vice president said of congressional input.

The aggressive White House reaction came as the House and Senate prepare to vote on resolutions opposing additional U.S. troops in Iraq.

As the White House watched even some GOP support peel away from the war plan, it went all-out to regain some footing.

Bush gave his first interview from Camp David, airing Sunday night on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” It was his second prime-time opportunity in five days to explain why he thinks adding U.S. troops can help stabilize Iraq and hasten the time when American soldiers can come home. He addressed the nation from the White House last Wednesday evening.

“Some of my buddies in Texas say, ‘You know, let them fight it out. What business is it of ours?'” Bush said of Iraqis. “And that’s a temptation that I know a lot of people feel. But if we do not succeed in Iraq, we will leave behind a Middle East which will endanger America.”

Yet when asked if he owes the Iraqi people an apology for botching the management of the war, he said, “Not at all.

“We liberated that country from a tyrant,” Bush said. “I think the Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude.”

Bush announced last week he will send 21,500 more troops to Iraq to halt violence, mainly around Baghdad, as an essential step toward stabilizing the country’s government.

Democrats in Congress — along with some Republicans — were unimpressed and frustrated. Beyond promising to go on record in opposition to the president’s approach, the Democratic leadership is considering whether, and how, to cut off funding for additional troops.

“You don’t like to micromanage the Defense Department, but we have to, in this case, because they’re not paying attention to the public,” said Rep. John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat who helps oversee military funding.

It is unclear how any effort by Congress could affect Bush’s plan. National security adviser Stephen Hadley said the White House already has money appropriated by Congress to move the additional forces to Iraq.

GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a potential 2008 presidential contender who endorses Bush’s call for more troops, said votes to express disapproval were pointless.

“If they’re dead serious then we should have a motion to cut off funding,” he said of those fighting Bush’s strategy.

Many Democrats favor a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops, along with new diplomatic efforts with Iraq’s neighbors.

The Bush administration had hoped that the president’s overhauled strategy would lead to some bipartisan unity or that the White House would at least get an extended hearing before legislative leaders made up their minds. Instead, it encountered majority opposition in Congress and a public that rejected by large polling margins the military and political ideas Bush announced.

In the CBS interview, Bush rejected an assertion that, time and again, his administration hasn’t been straight with the American people about Iraq. He said his spirits were strong.

“I really am not the kind of guy that sits here and says, ‘Oh gosh, I’m worried about my legacy,'” Bush said.

The president also said he saw part of the Internet-aired video of the execution of Saddam Hussein, which showed some Iraqis taunting Saddam as he stood with a noose around his neck on the gallows. He said it could have been handled a lot better.

Bush said he got no particular satisfaction from seeing Saddam hang. “I’m not a revengeful person,” he said.

Hadley was interviewed on “This Week” on ABC and “Meet the Press” on NBC. Cheney was on “Fox News Sunday.” Obama was on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Murtha appeared on “This Week.”

Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press

28 Responses to "An isolated President who doesn’t care"

  1. Insight  January 15, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    All who say that George W Bush does not have a plan are Dead wrong!
    The Plan is plainly stated in the “Project for The New American Century” The Neo-conservatives have had deadly focus on it’s execution since day one of George Bush in office.

  2. Frank Murray  January 15, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    Bush says “No-one is going to stop me, not even Congress”
    Stop what?
    I don’t expect that you’ve ever heard of TIRANNT (try google search)
    Let me know …..

  3. JimZ  January 15, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Frank, I checked out TIRANNT myself. Guess they do have a NAME for it. Note the Wash. Post article was dated April 2006.

    Guess the new carrier group going over to the Persian Gulf is no coincidence? Uh, just support for Iraq.

    Let’s see how much we “poke the caged tiger in the face with a stick” to see if he tries to swipe back or not. Wonder how ridiculous we’ll look this time?

  4. Jeannie King  January 15, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    NOW IS THE TIME TO START IMPEACHMENT PROCEDURES,THIS WHOLE ADMINISTRATION MUST GO!
    WE MUST EXORCISE THESE DEMONS FROM AMERICA’S SOUL,AND RESTORE TRUTH,JUSTICE AND EQUALITY TO OUR AMERICA!WE MUST STOP THESE POWER HUNGRY MANIACS,WHO SEEK TO DESTROY OUR RIGHTS AS CITIZENS.STOP THE NEW WORLD ORDER,NOW, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE AND WE’RE ALL LOCKED UP IN GUANTANAMO BAY!!

    Peace,
    Jeannie

  5. eastsidewillie  January 15, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    The question is: DO WE HAVE TIME FOR IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS? I fear not. Bush could do anything over the next few months. And remember, Bush is not alone. All those who make it possible for him to stubbornly defy the will of the people will have to be removed also, beginning with Cheney.

  6. Kent Shaw  January 15, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    William Arkin of The Washington Post: “In early 2003, even as U.S. forces were on the brink of war with Iraq, the Army had already begun conducting an analysis for a full-scale war with Iran. The analysis, called TIRANNT, for “theater Iran near term,” was coupled with a mock scenario for a Marine Corps invasion and a simulation of the Iranian missile force. U.S. and British planners conducted a Caspian Sea war game around the same time. And Bush directed the U.S. Strategic Command to draw up a global strike war plan for an attack against Iranian weapons of mass destruction. All of this will ultimately feed into a new war plan for “major combat operations” against Iran that military sources confirm now exists in draft form.”

    Maybe Bushie should read up on those missles the Iranians have stockpiled. They are capable of mach 2 a few feet above the surface and can make radical course corrections to avoid enemy fire such as the patriot anti-missle system. Frat boy won’t be happy until Iran has sunk a couple aircraft carriers with 10,000 people aboard. I say “happy” because then he has the excuse he needs to start lobbing nukes into Iran, thus starting a nuclear world war 3. Each carrier group is attended by several other surface ships and a couple nuclear subs each.

    WAR. Its going to be GLORIOUS and HEROIC. I’m just glad I have a .40 cal. auto so I can put a round through my own head when it gets so bad I can’t stand it any longer.

  7. Ray  January 15, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    You know folks, it is not only the phoney war on terror, it is the war on our country and our rights.

    Bush has made it possible for anyone to be arrested on nothing more than his word, denied right to counsel, denied reason or warrant, denied charges, denied phone call, denied speedy trial, denied defined length of incarceration, and denied any communication with the outside world, indefinitely. That applies for any american citizen who Bush thinks may have helped or known or was said to have ties or links to a terroist or suspected terror group.

    And there is no one who can help you. That is where Heir Bush has put the people of this nation.

    Now, call me a conspiracy theory nut if you will, but first think about who gained to profit from 911 and the so called war on terror.

    In the 70’s congressman Gary Allen wrote a book called ” None Dare Call it Conspiracy” He pointed out the evil intentions of the Trilateral Commission, The
    Counsel of Foriegn Relations, The Bilderburger Group, and the United Nations. At the time it was a shocking read and difficult to imagine that such evil could exist under our noses in the guise of “good for america”.

    Well, here it is 35 years later and it is very obvious that Congressman Allen was not some conspiracy theorist wacko.
    The plot that he describes in his book is today’s foriegn policy of global corporate dominence and elimination of national borders. If you got a little time to read, it will be easy to comprehend now that history has proven that his theory was correct.

    The rise and fall of the third reich is another game plan for current events. The plan for a new american century, as others have pointed out, will tell you what the neocon fascists have in store for us and why 911 happened. Wake up folks, we be in trouble.

    Ray

  8. GSawyer  January 15, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    I must sadly remind everyone of an historical fact about GBW and Iraq. Just before he launched this nonsensical war tens of millions of people demonstrated both in numerous American cities and around the world as well, all with the same simple message: Don’t do it. I will never forget Bush’s response, in which he brushed aside the largest world-wide demonstration ever seen as casually as if he were brushing away a common house fly. He said, “There are some people who think Saddam Hussein is not a threat. I respectfuly disagree.” And that was it! End of debate. On to Baghdad.

    The reason I remind you all of this is to point out the cold hard truth. And that truth is that nothing is going to stop George W. Bush except impeachment and removal from office. The public may oppose him. Congress may object. The Pentagon may object. The generals may object. The Iraqis themselves may object. Hell, the whole planet may object. But that won’t stop him. There’s only one thing that will stop him. We’ve got to pull the plug: impeach and convict. THAT will stop him. Nothing else will.

    Oh, and by the way, will someone please explain to me why lying about a sexual affair is an impeachable offense but Bush’s violation of the fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution is not?

  9. JimZ  January 15, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    GSawyer, do you think Bu$h, if impeached through complete proceedings would actually leave? I doubt it.

    He’ll use the military to keep him in power, using some sort of presidential mandate of powers during wartime (the war based on lies).

    Anybody in the military who would then capture & arrest him, tie him up, and display him in front of the White House steps would become “an American hero” of great proportions.

    Remember that, anyone in the military who is reading this…

  10. Kent Shaw  January 15, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Everything Ray just wrote is true. One can be picked up and disappeared into the gulag for having only the most tenuous ties to “terrorism”. You may have given five dollars to a fund drive for a mosque (do they have fund drives?) which later is shown, not proven, to have “terrorist ties”. That five bucks just cost you your freedom without recourse. Its worse than most realize. Any of us here in public disagreeing with Bush’s illegal wars could be considered “terrorist sympathizers”. Think about it.

  11. Frank Murray  January 15, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Check this out.It paints a considerably different picture than the one given out by the White House.
    http://icasualties.org/oif/

  12. Ardie  January 16, 2007 at 12:50 am

    I saw the interview on 60 Minutes. Bush is a hammer-head. Impeachment is the only course of action left.

  13. Frank Murray  January 16, 2007 at 2:24 am

    So exactly how much has this war in Iraq cost the US Taxpayer so far? (Don’t forget to add another $100bn to the total as Bush has just asked for this)

    http://costofwar.com/index-public-education.html

  14. Ray  January 16, 2007 at 2:37 am

    Have you folks been aware of what is happening with our borders and the so called trade agreement?

    A corporate move endorsed by Bush and the Leaders of Canada and Mexico is being developed that virually eliminates the borders to create a union. This is being done in stealth mode with no discussion with congress or the american people! Alex Jones website has all the details. I’m telling you, our country is being sold out by the current administration. Bush don’t care, that dynasty has purchased half of Uraguay to build thier fortress. Bush’s grandpa, Prescott Bush made his fortune financing Hitlers war machine (true story ).
    George HW Bush profited handsomely by supplying 90% of the drugs to the USA and still does. Bill Clinton and him are old buddies from the Mena Airport where it was delivered and the money was laundered through the BCCI crooked banking that his son was running. You have no idea how crooked the Bush family and all thier associates really are. Have you heard about the black woman that GW got pregnant then had murdered when she filed a paternity lawsuit. These people are the bottom suckers of the planet. I challenge anyone to disprove anything I have said.

    Ray

  15. JimZ  January 16, 2007 at 3:32 am

    Ray, bottom suckers may be kind to that family. You may have insulted bottom suckers.

    One of Richard Nixon’s quotes about GHW Bu$h “He’s a featherweight; he’s the kind of guy you make the head of an agency when you don’t want anything to change”.

    I was never impressed with Bu$h 1 as President, and I was a Republican those days. He never seemed to be in touch with ordinary people. Hmmmm….

    When Bu$h 1 broke into tears recently in a speech, he was talking about Jeb and got all emotional. Others may have seen it. The corpomedia told us that it was just that he was such an ordinary guy and just loved that son so much. Blah blah. I think that is wrong; I believe that he cried because he knows that King George II is destroying the whole Bu$h legacy for Jeb to be able to be President; possibly the only intelligent Bu$h son won’t be able to win.

    He may get appointed, though. We’ll see!

  16. Judy Bodnar  January 16, 2007 at 3:32 am

    “I really am not the kind of guy that sits here and says, ‘Oh gosh, I’m worried about my legacy”

    “I’m not a revengeful person”

    Give me a break Georgie..your middle name should be vengence, and as far as your worrying about anything, you don’t,…why should you?? You’re in charge, you’re the decider
    (or so you pretend) and you are not risking your or your familys’ lives or limbs..its no damned wonder you have the look of Alfred E. Neuman and that “WHAT..ME WORRY??” idiot glare! That was meant to be funny…you aren’t !!!

  17. Kent Shaw  January 16, 2007 at 5:47 am

    No more Bushes or Clintons for president please. These globalist traitors have done quite enough damage thank you very much.

  18. Bill Jonke  January 16, 2007 at 6:12 am

    Let there be matching straitjackets for both bush and cheney, and then when the disastrous duo has been restrained, put them over at Pilgrim State Hospital.

  19. Frank Murray  January 16, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    If you add up the name ‘George Bush’ in Hebrew letters it comes out:

    G = 3 (gimel)
    e = 5 (heh)
    o = 70 (ayin)
    r = 200 (resh)
    g = 3 (gimel)
    e = 5 (heh)
    B = 2 (beth)
    u = 70 (ayin)
    s = 300 (shin)
    h = 8 (cheth)
    total = 666 (Antichrist)
    I challenge anyone to find another powerful world leader, either now or in the past, whose name adds up to 666 in Hebrew.

  20. Sandy Price  January 15, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    “…needed to win in Iraq.” This statement made by the President says it all. What do we win? Oil? World leadership? the first step in a world-wide religious crusade? What did we win in Korea or Vietnam? Did we win a successful diversion away from the truth of 9/11? Plug into what this means is far too convoluted for most Americans to understand. I give up trying to follow yet another set of statements made by our Commander in Chief.

    How dare we even ask or question the reasons behind any of these actions from the White House.

    It is to the point that if only we can get through the next two years without doing any more harm to America, we should consider ourselves lucky.

  21. Frank Murray  January 15, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    I always believed that the job of President of the United States of America was to be the Servant of the Nation and to carry out the Will of the People….not that of an insane dictator who hears voices in his head .
    The tragic fact is that he in in a position to start any war for a period of 60 days before Congress can do anything to stop him…….

  22. Jim  January 15, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    After these remarks, could there be any doubt whatsoever concerning the mental state of G.W. Bush? He doesnt only need to be impeached, he needs to be led away in a straight jacket.

  23. Frank Murray  January 15, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    I always believed that the job of President of the United States of America was to be the Servant of the Nation and to carry out the Will of the People….not that of an insane dictator who hears voices in his head .
    The tragic fact is that he in in a position to start any war for a period of 60 days before Congress can do anything to stop him…….

  24. Ray  January 15, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    The history of GWB shows his lack of character, honor, and respect for anything but power. He has not personaly achieved anything worth merit. He knows that he has nothing but a phoney scripted platform to stand on. He has based all illegal moves to eliminate our freedoms on this fabricated terror threat.

    The people are finally waking up to the reality of this fascist takeover and are not willing to play along anymore.

    Now he is, as the writer says, isolated and desperate, and that is worrisome. Desperate despots resort to desperate measures.

    This nation faces a very scarey two years ahead.

    Ray

  25. JimZ  January 15, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Well, there he goes again. Bu$h paints himself as some sort of moderate but yet does what HE wants to do, no matter what the will of the people & Congress.

    Even though he gets away so far with his war, it’s not enough; he is eroding or just flat out ignoring all checks & balances of our basic system of laws. Using a basis of lies (the Iraq war) to promote the destruction of our nation, while creating more terrorists with his policies!

    Anyone still supporting this clown is seriously delusional; as bad as Bu$h himself.

  26. Electric Bill  January 15, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    It’s time to pull the plug on this clown. I know it is tricky for Pelosi, but it is incumbent on the people’s House to save the nation and the Constiution from the madmen (Bush and Cheney). If it takes a pledge to remove herself from the line of succession, Pelosi should do it and begin impeachment proceedings on both today.

  27. Lysistrata  January 15, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    He struts around believing he is Napoleon.
    He believes he is an absolute ruler and winning or losing is a choice and not a question of can or can’t.
    The people know the war in Iraq has been lost, that is why they are against more troops, and yes impeach, impeach the boy king.

  28. Fred P  January 15, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Impeach!

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