Wednesday :: Mar 1, 2006

Delusion and Detachment At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

by Steve

Many of us have joked or speculated that Bush is unable to function in the real world, as a result of personal defects, and is operating in a bubble shielded from facts on the ground surrounded by yes-men sycophants of his own choosing. But take a look at his comments to Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News yesterday before his departure for India, and tell me if these comments qualify as delusional behavior and a detachment from reality.

VARGAS: I am going to ask about a poll, just the most recent poll that's out today that does have your approval rating at an all-time low for your administration. You don't care about that, but you have talked a lot about political capital, the importance of it, the value of it, your intention to use it. Do you think you have political capital right now?
BUSH: I've got ample capital and I'm using it to spread freedom and to protect the American people, plus we've got a strong agenda to keep this economy growing. The economy is strong. A good, healthy rate last year, productivity is up, we're creating jobs. The unemployment rate's 4.7 percent nationally. I mean, this is a strong economy.

Ample political capital?

Then, on Iraq:

VARGAS: What is the policy if, in fact, a civil war should break out or the sectarian violence continues? Are you willing to sacrifice American lives to get the Sunnis and the Shiites to stop killing each other?
BUSH: I don't buy your premise that there's going to be a civil war.

Sure, some of this is the usual bluster we get from politicians who don’t want to admit mistakes or weakness, or give the media an opening to question a leader. But what does it say about a man who says there will be no civil war in Iraq, and who confuses political capital with political power over a sheepish party that is being led to slaughter this November?

Then again, given the resurging opium trade in Afghanistan, and Bush's surprise visit to visit his pal Hamid enroute to India today, maybe there was another reason for his behavior. (snark filter disengaged)

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