Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Still In Denial

President Bush still flounders in the famous "river in Africa."

And it is becoming embarrassingly obvious.

"I've seen very few tea leaves in the mix that would give you any sense of hope or confidence that he is getting it so far," said Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, who supports the study group's advice that the administration seek help from Iran and Syria in Iraq. "The bottom line is this president can't afford not to change course. The time is up."

Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a former Army ranger who is a member of the Armed Services Committee, said, "I don’t think he's given up the sort of sloganizing and the simplistic view of what's happening there."

"I think the American people's message was deep concern about Iraq, deep skepticism about his policies, and what they want is a resolution of Iraq," said Mr. Reed, who supports a steady withdrawal that is fundamentally at odds with any idea of an increase in troops there. ...

"I'm growing more disturbed every night by how isolated George W. Bush has become," the former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough said on his MSNBC program last week. "Shouldn't more Americans be disturbed at this unprecedented example of a White House that’s in — and you can only call it this — a bunker mentality?" The screen below him read, "Bush: Determined or Delusional?"

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