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Bush "Beseiged and Isolated"

Washington Post story:


Bush is fixated on Iraq, according to friends and advisers. One former aide went to see him recently to discuss various matters, only to find Bush turning the conversation back to Iraq again and again. He recognizes that his presidency hinges on whether Iraq can be turned around in 18 months. "Nothing matters except the war," said one person close to Bush. "That's all that matters. The whole thing rides on that."

And yet Bush does not come across like a man lamenting his plight. In public and in private, according to intimates, he exhibits an inexorable upbeat energy that defies the political storms. Even when he convenes philosophical discussions with scholars, he avoids second-guessing his actions. He still acts as if he were master of the universe, even if the rest of Washington no longer sees him that way.

"You don't get any feeling of somebody crouching down in the bunker," said Irwin M. Stelzer, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute who was part of one group of scholars who met with Bush. "This is either extraordinary self-confidence or out of touch with reality. I can't tell you which."



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Comments (1)

Steve Crickmore:

"Nothing matters except the war," said one person close to Bush. "That's all that matters" This complements the Cheney series nicely... But it's a bit late in the day for being worried about Iraq after all the mistakes of over-confidence and hubris were made about the occupation, the biggest probably being the conception of the invasion itself as pushed by Cheney and his neo-cons....All the signs of disaster were there initially in the first few weeks of the invasion, but with Bush riding high in the polls, he chose to ignore them or fired the dissenters. For this over-weening braggadocio (today is four years to the day of 'bring em on') it's hard to muster much sympathy for the emperor now that he is down.


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