Wednesday, March 01, 2006

'I Don't Need Your Civil War'

A Reuters headline from yesterday: "Bush denies Iraq civil war threat."
Asked what Washington would do if civil war broke out in Iraq, Bush told ABC News: "I don't buy your premise that there's going to be a civil war." He said he had spoken to leaders of all Iraqi sects and "I heard loud and clear that they understand that they're going to choose unification, and we're going to help them do so".

   Downtown Baghdad, yesterday

And that's President Bush in a nutshell: supreme confidence in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. (His optimism is also proof that, at least according to George Will, Bush is not a conservative.) The fact that he has expressed his confidence in the capture of Bin Laden should make us very worried indeed.

In addition to his perpetually rosy outlook on Iraq, George "You're Doing a Heckuva Job, Brownie" Bush has expressed confidence that the levees in New Orleans will hold, Nick and Jessica will be able to work things out, he still has political capital despite abysmal poll numbers, there's nothing going on between Brad and Angelina, nobody from the White House leaked Valerie Plame's identity, Nicole Richie is just "a little bit thin" and Hillary Clinton has no ambitions beyond her Senate seat.

Is this the product of all that "alternative media" he consumes, or could it be the Xanax?

In related news, President Bush has doomed Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to an ignominious fall with these chilling words: "He's doing a fine job."
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