Bush sin dømmekraft er under debatt i amerikanske medier. Richard Cohen i Washington Post lurer på om George Bush tar ordre fra bikkja Barney (han lovte Bob Woodward aldri å cut and run i Irak, om det så var bare Barney som støttet ham). Utgangspunktet er senator James Webb som under en mottagelse i Det hvite hus nektet å svare på et spørsmål fra presidenten om hvordan det sto til med sønnen hans, som tjenestegjør i Irak.
Washington is a bad marriage with monuments. Just to get through the day, it’s necessary to lower voices, modulate tempers, eschew insults, voice soft lies — compromise, compromise, compromise. Quaint parliamentary rules have their utility — no name-calling, please, and lots of grandiloquence about the «eminent gentleman» who in actuality is a skirt chaser who needs to trim his nasal hair. It is all necessary, like the rules of war or journalistic ethics. Sans manners, nothing would get done. Even with them, precious little is accomplished.
Still, there is accumulating evidence that Bush is talking to mirrors and taking instruction from his dog. He makes no sense, saying he’s amenable to change one day and digging in his heels the next. «I’m not going to pull our troops off the battlefield before the mission is complete,» he said recently. Yes. Absolutely. But what is the mission? Please, ask the dog. Lives are being wasted.