Thursday, September 16, 2004

Not All Republicans are Blind Faith Followers of Bush

Two Republican Senators have been indirectly criticizing President Bush for awhile now. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Richard Lugar of Indiana have been willing to assess the Iraq conflict with a non-partisan eye and they should be congratulated for that. They have not fallen for the nearly rosy picture the Bush Administration has been trying to paint for the public. Recently the Bush Administration has wanted to transfer some of the money for Iraqi reconstruction to Iraq security.

"It's beyond pitiful, it's beyond embarrassing. It's now in the zone of dangerous," said Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., referring to figures showing that about 6 percent of the reconstruction money approved by Congress last year has been spent.

Good call Chuck. But the White House clings to their strange faith, "You know, every step of the way in Iraq there have been pessimists and hand-wringers who said it can't be done," White House Spokesman Scott McClellan said at a news briefing.

But the National Intelligence Estimate doesn't mind being pessimists, as they predicted three possible scenarios ranging from a tenuous stability to political fragmentation to the most negative assessment of civil war, an official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. "There doesn't seem to be much optimism."

Actually it is not about pessimism or optimism, it is about reality. That has has been the problem all along with the Bush Administration. Their vision of reality has been primarily cross-eyed.


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