The Bush administration has seen it’s fair share of good news in the last few weeks. Well deserved good news too.
In a White House that had virtually forgotten what good news looks like, the past few weeks have been refreshing. A Republican won a much-watched special congressional election. President Bush recruited a Wall Street heavy hitter as Treasury secretary. U.S. forces killed the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. And now the architect of the Bush presidency has avoided criminal charges.
The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a big one. That guy has been responsible for so much violence in Iraq, it’s great seeing him bite the dust.
With Zarqawi dead, a new Baghdad government in place and Rove freed from prosecutor’s cross hairs, the White House hopes it can pivot to a new stage in which it is no longer on the defensive. In recent weeks, under new Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten, the White House has tried to do more to set an agenda, moving aggressively into the immigration debate and agreeing to join direct talks with Iran over its nuclear program under certain conditions.
Anyway, Bush made a “secret” visit to Iraq yesterday. Some think he may be laying the groundwork for troop reductions in Iraq. I don’t really see that though. To me it seems to be more of a pep-rally sort of thing. Bush was there letting everyone know that we need to stay until the job is done. Or at least until the Iraqi forces are able to handle the insurgents on their own. Even when the Iraqi forces are ready, we should still maintain a military force in the country, just to ensure the job is done right. It’d be terribly depressing if the country fell into a civil war or something once the U.S. packs up and leaves. In my eyes, we need to have a decent number of troops there for the next 50 years, just to protect our investment. “Our investment” being the nation of Iraq itself, not their oil.
Flopping Aces has some nice pictures and a video. Hot Air also has the video and a link to the transcript from Bush’s speech.
Others blogging include:
Blogs for Bush
Big Dog’s Weblog
President Bush was on the tele lastnight discussing basically everything Katrina. I didn’t listen to much of it, maybe 15 minutes total. From what I heard, Bush did an excellent job. I heard him promising lots of money to lots of people. Hopefully he follows through.
If I was a refugee from Katrina, hearing Bush’s words lastnight would have put my mind at ease, at least for a while. He did a great job of explaining himself and touching on all the major pieces the MSM has brought up in regards to Katrina. I don’t think he could have done a much better job.
There is going to be a lot of money spent, no doubt about it. Sister Toldjah thinks it’ll end up being more than $200 billion, I agree. Other fiscal conservatives are blowing their gaskets at the amount of money Bush plans on spending on the rebuilding efforts. We’re rebuilding basically the entire gulf coast. An undertaking like that won’t come cheap. Is it worth it? I’d say yes.
Pundit Guy was left with a fowl taste in his mouth:
Presidents who give away other peoples money have always given me a bad taste in my mouth. And tonight, while watching George W. Bush, that taste showed up.
Once he started handing out the candy…it seemed as though he just couldn’t stop. The costs for rebuilding could reach $200 billion or beyond. And this is $200 billion ABOVE AND BEYOND the cost of the war.
All valid points. I would rather see all this money being poured into the war on terror. Since Katrina was here that won’t happen though. Bush knows he has to spend more money here, in his own country rather than spending money internationally. If he didn’t give huge amounts of money to rebuild and support Katrina victims, he would be run out of the country by the kook liberal nutjobs. He’s really doing the only thing he can do.
Others talking about Bush’s speech lastnight include:
La Shawn Barber
Blogs for Bush
The Political Teen has the video.