Thursday, April 05, 2007

Bush Weakening II

This is another great post by Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo. He discusses the White House brouhaha over Nancy Pelosi going to Syria. I think he nails the issue (not surprisingly I should think this as it goes along with my previous post). Bush is weakening and Nancy Pelosi going to Syria and doing the sorts of things that a US President and/or Secretary of State should be doing, point up the inability of this White House to do its job. George Bush no longer has the credibility or stature to perform on the international stage the way the President of the United States ought to be able to. What is more striking about this dust up though is that George Bush seems far less concerned over his inability to do the job, than he is over the fact that Nancy Pelosi doing it points up his failure. George Bush doesn't much care if he fails, or if his failures hurt the United States or the people of the United States. George Bush is only angered if his failures get publicly displayed so that he looks bad.

This ties in to the desire in this administration for such unparalleled and absolute power to seize and arrest people without oversight. Such power granted to government officials is not used to provide the citizenry with better security. It is invariably used so that the government officials can continue to do a mediocre or louse job of providing security but not fear having their failures become publicly known. That is what George Bush wants these powers for.

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