It’s way too soon for me to be thinking or caring about Presidential politics, but an article in today’s paper caught my eye and got my mind churning.
In today’s paper, George Tenet is quoted as admitting (or claiming) that using the phrase “slam dunk” with respect to the Iraq war was taken out of context. He should have admitted/claimed that almost 4 years ago. It seems more like a sales ploy for his book than an attempt to regain his credibility, especially after so many years of changing his tune. Then again, this tune-changing is what everyone else in the current administration has been doing, so why should he be any different?
Remember Rush Limbaugh bloviate about how George Bush the Presidential candidate would finally bring respect, honor and decency back to the Presidency? It didn’t happen. Even after the media gave the Administration a free pass for several years, the Administration was still able to blow all its political capital, and then some, in short order. The Bush appointees – like Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, John Ashcroft, Michael Chertoff, Andrew Card, Karl Rove, Paul Bremmer, Porter Goss, Paul Wolfowitz, Scooter Libby, Michael Brown, and, oh, that’s enough – helped to bring modern meaning to the term cronyism. There are plenty more (William Bennett, John Bolton and Harriet Miers come to mind) that will have biographers busy for generations to come. History will not be kind.
Wow, do we have problems at the very highest levels of this administration. While anxiously counting the days to January 20, 2009, I’m also being careful what I wish for. I am not finding clarity in any of the current alternatives, and yesterday’s “presidential debate” didn’t help.