President Bush is vacationing today, after a pleasant day yesterday joking around on the campaign trail.
Meanwhile the nightmare in Iraq has started to unfold. The Shias and the Sunnis are working together, there is fighting in seven or more different cities, and some of the Iraqi police we trained are joining the rebels.
Nothing Bush has said about the war has been true, and the planning for the occupation was insanely optimistic and unbelievably sloppy. How can anyone still support the guy?
In the Washington Post, Meyerson says what we’ve all been saying — dump Bush. Even George Will seems shaken, as if he’s starting to realize how worthless our President is. (Though all he really recommends is a delay in the fake transfer of sovereignty).
Bush has to counterattack, but he’s running out of tricks. Expect the worst.
“The only unequivocally good policy option before the American people is to dump the president who got us into this mess, who had no trouble sending our young people to Iraq but who cannot steel himself to face the Sept. 11 commission alone.”
“Not much else having gone as planned since the fall of Baghdad, a delay in the transfer of sovereignty, scheduled for June 30, should not be unthinkable. A delay would trigger violence. But, then, the transfer on schedule probably would be preceded by an offensive by the insurgents. The transfer is to be from the Coalition Provisional Authority, whose authority does not extend throughout the country. A U.S. official in Baghdad says Sadr will be arrested if he appears “any place that we control.”