Bush drawn and quartered

Wow. The NY Times lays it on unusually thick in today’s editorial on Bush’s BS.

Despite his tough talk, Mr. Bush seems incapable of choosing a genuinely tough path, of risking his political popularity with the same aggression that he risks the country’s economic stability and international credibility. For all the trauma the United States has gone through during his administration, Mr. Bush has never asked the American people to respond to new challenges by making genuine sacrifices.

He committed the military to war, but he told civilians they deserved big tax cuts. He seems determined to remake the Middle East without doing anything serious about reducing our dependence on Middle East oil. His energy policy is a grab bag of giveaways to domestic oil and gas lobbyists. He refuses to ask for even the smallest compromise when it comes to fuel-efficient cars.

As always, it’s hard to feel the pulse of America from here in Asia, but there seems to be a rising tide of resistance to Bush’s monkey business among the media, which only a few months ago seemed to cower sheepishly in the shadow of Bush’s greatness and invincibility. Let’s hope it continues.

The Discussion: 3 Comments

I couldn’t agree more. Pick a path, and stick to it. Finish it well, don’t leave things half way done. What ever happened to rebuilding Afghanistan? Sure, there are troops in Kabul, but what about the rest of the country? Opium production is back up in the countryside.

September 10, 2003 @ 6:21 pm | Comment

Come on Richard, the NYT is the last place I’d look to find the ‘pulse’ of America.

September 13, 2003 @ 9:36 pm | Comment


December 31, 2005 @ 4:36 pm | Comment

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