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Apology Expected

All of the discussion about last night's Presidential address on the situation in Iraq -- particularly the expected omission of any significant recognition of the work done by the previous administration, and the refusal by Democrats to discuss or acknowledge their firm opposition to the Bush Iraq strategy -- has gotten me thinking about some of the events of the last few years.

When things started going badly in Iraq, the Democrats and the mainstream press (forgive the redundancy) repeatedly demanded that President Bush should admit that Iraq was a "quagmire" and that there was no realistic plan for "withdrawal". They worked tirelessly to label all our efforts toward re-establishing control in Iraq as "failures," and insisted that President Bush take personal responsibility for everything that was wrong in Iraq and -- let's just be honest here -- pretty much everything that was wrong in the world.

Then it all happened again after Hurricane Katrina.

And President Bush was "arrogant" for not donning sack cloth and covering himself in ashes during a prime time Presidential Address, while begging our forgiveness for being the dumbest, most incompetent leader in the history of Western Civilization.

Now consider for a moment how things have been going for the past two years. Economy? In the tank, with a double-dip recession closing in fast. Closing of Guantanamo Bay and "fair" trials for terror detainees? Stuck in bureaucratic red tape and bungled policies. Legislative initiatives? Rammed through on party-line votes, with up to 70% of Americans disapproving of health care reform, which is supposed to be the centerpiece of the Obama legacy. Unity? We have the most bitterly partisan Congressional leadership and tone-deaf Congressmen in decades. Fiscal responsibility? The biggest deficits and debt load of any American administration. Anti-terrorism? Only dumb luck saved us from the Underwear Bomber, and it was vigilant authorities in Amsterdam who were responsible for recently detaining two Yemeni men on a terrorism "practice run", after American security cleared them.

I could go on, but you get the picture. What happened to hope, change, healing, restoration, and deliverance? As a Messiah, Barack Obama has turned out to be one of the most dismal failures of all time. And as our Chief Executive ... well, let's just say his performance is consistent.

So I ask you, pundits, mainstream press reporters, and celebrities -- isn't it about time to start demanding apologies?

If you all don't, I'll bet that the Tea Party and smart conservatives will.

And thanks to the Bush Administration precedent, they have every right obligation to do it.


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Comments (8)

I think as long as Republic... (Below threshold)
G.:

I think as long as Republicans and conservatives can focus on fixing Obamacare(repeal), the economy,and the border they'll succeed. But if they start down this path of investigations and such of the administration they'll ruin themselves. Fix the problems first by stopping the bleeding THEN when it's fixed, investigate if they absolutley must. Otherwise they have wasted opportunity playing politics. Something which cost them before. Then I'll be calling for the heads of Republicans in 2012.

"What happened to hope, cha... (Below threshold)
914:

"What happened to hope, change, healing, restoration, and deliverance?"


He left all these things behind when he deserted Rev Wright.

I thought Obama did an exce... (Below threshold)
Dane:

I thought Obama did an excellent job of giving President Bush his due credit.

Unfortunately, over the last decade, we have not done what is necessary to shore up the foundation of our own prosperity. We have spent over a trillion dollars at war, often financed by borrowing from overseas. This, in turn, has short-changed investments in our own people, and contributed to record deficits. For too long, we have put off tough decisions on everything from our manufacturing base to our energy policy to education reform. As a result, too many middle class families find themselves working harder for less, while our nation's long-term competitiveness is put at risk.

Eight long years of wrong-headed waste of human life and taxpayer dollars. Thanks President Bush!

If the left hadn't been fighting Bush every way throughout his second term we would be at the precipice (or beyond) of World War 3. Once everyone knew that Bush and his pals lied our way into war it was always just a question of how do we get out of this quagmire with the least amount of collateral damage to our nation.

Bush proposed digging the hole deeper, and the left objected. The end result of either path would have been the same - us exiting a shattered, broken country still at war with itself.

But once Barack Obama became President the right fell completely quiet on the subject of Iraq. Where we had been treated to daily blog posts trumpeting the opening of this elementary school or that hospital along with celbratory hurrahs every time a notable bad guy was caught or killed - instead all of the concern for Iraq and it's people simple vanished from the right wing monologue.

The right never cared about the people of Iraq. The right was always just pushing for more tax dollars to be spent on the right's war with Islam. And once the handwriting was on the wall that those efforts were drawing to a close the right wing blogs, such as this one, fell completely silent on the subject of Iraq.

The lies that got us into Iraq, and the lie that it was needed in order to fight global terrorism was bullshit from the start. Once the right was out of power it was no longer necessary to keep up the ruse that the right actually gave a damn about the troops or the Iraqi people or the security of the region.

Lie accomplished to the best of their ability - they moved on to new agendas. Leaving Iraq behind them

"Lie accomplished to the be... (Below threshold)
914:

"Lie accomplished to the best of their ability - they moved on to new agendas. Leaving Iraq behind them"

Its called a 2 term limit. The same Senators should all have as well.

The reasons were stipulated clearly in the UN violations of Soddam. THEY WERE NOT LIES. Now go away.


I see (mun)Dane is still st... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

I see (mun)Dane is still stuck on stupid.

Yep, you can count on Dane ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Yep, you can count on Dane to spout DNC talking points. He's the perfect echo chamber. And has the mind to match.

"isn't it about time to sta... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"isn't it about time to start demanding apologies?"

Sorry but there are still at least a dozen despots, madmen, and terrorists that Obama has not apologized to first. Everyone else will have to stand in line.

Whoa, I agree with everythi... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Whoa, I agree with everything that you said, Mike.

Nothing to discuss here.




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