American law makers, Foreign leaders, former friends, current and former enemies, the media and even the family crony James Baker are all, to varying degrees, distancing themselves from the policies of the Bush Administration. Some are even distancing themselves from the President himself.
The President can’t even get a photo-op with a new Senator. Senator-elect James Webb, D-Virginia, at first shunned President Bush altogether. He dodged the receiving line at a White House reception for incoming members of Congress. Still, the President caught up with him and had this exchange.
“How’s your boy?” The President asked.
“I’d like to get them out of Iraq.” Webb responded.
“That’s not what I asked you. How’s your boy?” The President again asked.
“That’s between me and my boy, Mr. President.” Webb replied. Now before you overly criticize Senator-elect Webb, you need to know that the response he gave the President is the same he has been giving to all inquiries. I salute Senator-elect Webb for staying with himself instead of just grabbing a photo op.
Giving the President an international slap in the face was Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, canceling the Wednesday night meeting between himself, President Bush, and Jordanian King Abdullah II. Instead of the meeting, Mr. Bush gets to sit and stew over his anger over the release of a memo calling into question Prime Minister Al-Maliki and his ability to govern. This after Bush was already en route for the meeting. The leaders of the area seem to be trying to circumvent the American President, getting more results from regional meetings. Who can blame them, when all they get from Washington is “stay the course” but under different titles.
And news tonight is that the Iraq Study Group has reached consensus and will be releasing its findings soon. It sounds from early reports like a compromise, but still not good news for the President. Word is that the group will recommend pulling back troops from the Iraqi battlefield. Worse yet for Bush, they recommend that the Iranians and Syrians be fully engaged in the negotiating process. A very good idea, but one that would force the President to have to eat crow.
Now Colin Powell and NBC news have decided to come right out and say that the situation in Iraq is a civil war. Maybe Mr. Bush should try a new tactic, and have Bill O’Rielly declare it a war on Christmas.
Mr. Bush is finding out that indeed, he may “have to eat his lunch all by himself.” Everyone is losing patience. Even the most loyal of the rats have started jumping ship. The floor is falling out from under the worst Presidency ever in America.