Bush--Still "The Decider," After All These Tears
By Lee Russ
Monday, December 11, 2006 at 03:12 PM
Here is a truly troubling account by Dick Durbin of the President's actions at a Friday meeting between the President and top Congressional Democrats, according to the McClatchy Newspapers:
...Bush began his talk by comparing himself to President Harry S Truman, who launched the Truman Doctrine to fight communism, got bogged down in the Korean War and left office unpopular.
Bush said that "in years to come they realized he was right and then his doctrine became the standard for America," recalled Senate Majority Whip-elect Richard Durbin, D-Ill. "He's trying to position himself in history and to justify those who continue to stand by him, saying sometimes if you're right you're unpopular, and be prepared for criticism."
Durbin said he challenged Bush's analogy, reminding him that Truman had the NATO alliance behind him and negotiated with his enemies at the United Nations. Durbin said that's what the Iraq Study Group is recommending that Bush do now - work more with allies and negotiate with adversaries on Iraq.
Bush, Durbin said, "reacted very strongly. He got very animated in his response" and emphasized that he is "the commander in chief."
It's enough to make you weep. And weep some more. A snit over whose stepping on whose territory when thousands are dying and being maimed and being forced to relocate to avoid the mayhem. That's some Commander in Chief.