Tuesday, August 16, 2005

If Only President Bush Cried More






There have been a lot of crocodile tears shed over the possibility that the right wing might "slime" Cindy Sheehan (by pointing out things she has said or done and letting the American people make up their own mind about her). Nobody seems to mind the sliming of President Bush that goes on unabated.

Take Robert Bryce's
article on President Bush and President Johnson. In it Bryce tries to paint President Bush as a sociopath who feels nothing for dead American soldiers because he won't take the time to let Sheehan ask him insulting questions (I assume the first of these questions would be "As a draft dodging cocaine addict how does it feel to have murdered my son, Mr. President?")

Take this passage.
Bush's religiosity is the key element here. He has a total belief in the rightness of his position. But there again comes a key difference with LBJ. Like the born-again Bush, Johnson was a man of faith. But he was a man of many faiths, often attending two churches -- one Roman Catholic and one Protestant -- on a given Sunday. Raised a Baptist, he became an elder at the Disciples of Christ Church near his home in Johnson City. Johnson's intellectual curiosity led him to see that one religion, one worldview, didn't hold all the answers. As Johnson's biographer, Ronnie Dugger, put it, LBJ was "an ecumenical movement all by himself."

Bush's blind faith in his own path -- religious and military -- leaves no room for ecumenism, or doubt. And that lack of doubt, that lack of anguish over the lives being lost in Iraq, is emerging as his fatal flaw.
A very nice attack on those who actually believe in God rather than believe in what is convenient at the time. But I don't think people see President Bush's steadiness as a "fatal flaw." Sure some weak-kneed people would like to see us surrender to the Iraq Insurgency and al-Qaeda. And some of the British people would probably have preferred to see Churchill surrender to or accommodate Hitler. But most people see such capitulation for what it is; cowardiness. President Bush is not a coward and he is not weak-kneed.

So I would not hold out hope that he will meet with Sheehan and abandon his mission to protect America.

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