Monday, January 17, 2005

Rage-Inspiring Policy Justifications

From the Why Are You Angry? You Brought This On Yourself Department:

President Bush said the public's decision to reelect him was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath.

"We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 elections," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. "The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me."
Mr. President, on the eve of your second inaugural, please keep in mind: It wasn't that big a mandate. A margin of voters smaller than the population of the City of Los Angeles is all that ratified your policy. Past those 3.3 million, we were equally divided. And while you can claim an actual majority rather than a the usual plurality, the stakes these days are far different than they were 4, 8, or 12 years ago. Please bask no further in the glory of your victory. It proves nothing. You don't get to write history and it isn't finished anyway.

Oh and this doesn't surprise me in the least:

For the first time, Bush said he will not press senators to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the top priority for many social conservative groups [But do read the article for the easy-to-predict, patented McClellan clean-up call].
And the last highlight:

As for perhaps the most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden, the administration has so far been unsuccessful in its attempt to locate the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Asked why, Bush said, "Because he's hiding."

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