Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Compare and Contrast

8 days into his presidency, President Obama is proving to be a man of action. The stimulus bill is moving forward. It's not perfect and the GOP predictably is poo-pooing it. It still needs tweaking, but it passed. Looking back at W's first month as president, I'd say we're off to a good start. In his first month in office, W met with Vicente Fox to help smooth out issues with NAFTA and met with Tony Blair to discuss Saddam Hussein who was most assuredly developing "weapons of mass destruction." I dug up this old interview discussing that wondrously crappy chapter of American history. Al Gore's hangover beard was mere five o'clock shadow and the beds were just getting made in Crawford, Texas for an unearned month long siesta from responsibility. The most telling excerpt from this discussion references Bush's insatiable hard-on for Saddam Hussein and his knee jerk reaction to bomb Iraq.

"The last thing you really want to do is throw a match in the region, and that's really what he did and it wasn't a very effective match, I must say, because some of the bombing -- now we have found out that it wasn't effective in taking out some of these sites that needed to be taken out. So now we have a bigger problem on our hands."

Here's the link. Reading it makes me a bit nauseous as our foolish decision to invade Iraq seems to have been an orchestrated decision from the onset.

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