Monday, January 15, 2007

60 Minutes’ Pelley Interviews Delusional Decider

SCOTT PELLEY: “Do you believe as commander-in-chief you have the authority to put the troops in there (Iraq) no matter what the Congress wants to do?” GEORGE W. BUSH: “In this situation, I do, yeah. Now, I fully understand they could try to stop me from doing it. But I made my decision, and we're going forward.” Well no. That’s the thing. The Prez does not fully understand anything. And certainly, he does not fully understand there are limits to his so-called power. A transcript of the interview is available at the New York Times site. Pelley has been chastised elsewhere for throwing softballs to the Prez and for feeding him lines. When the Prez complained that the Democrats were saying, "We're not even gonna fund this thing.’ And they're not gonna give it a chance,” Pelley said, “There’s no Democrat plan”, giving Bush the opportunity to say, “It doesn't look like it to me. And maybe there will be one. Now, I've listened to a lot of good folks who are Democrats who have expressed their opinions. They're just as patriotic as I am. And the interesting is, Scott, a lot of people are saying, "Well, we can't afford to fail." In other words, people understand the consequences of failure. But what's deafening is those who say, "we can't afford to fail and here's the plan that will cause us not to fail." Frankly, that's not their responsibility. It's my responsibility to put forward the plan that I think will succeed. I believe if they start trying to cut off funds, they better explain to the American people and the soldiers why their plan will succeed.” But by me, Pelley gave us the chance to once again hear how out of touch Bush is. And it’s interesting that last night the Bush tics and smirks were back--the laughing and smiling inappropriately, the cocky attitude. I would love to see the president’s list of meds, uppers, downers and mood enhancers. But back to Bush thinking he can’t be stopped…not so fast, Mr. I-Am-the-Great-I-Am. There’s the no-more-funding option; there is the fact that your order to send in more troops cannot be implemented immediately, unless you plan to send in untrained troops; there is Senator Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) pending bill to require you to have authorization from Congress for your escalation of the war in Iraq; there is the fact that Senator John Thune (R-SD) said regarding the President’s plan and how Republicans feel about it, "Everybody is scared spitless”. Not to mention the option of removing both Bush and VP Cheney from office for malfeasance and crimes and misdemeanors. It’s not that you can’t be stopped, Mr. Prez. The question is, which options will be utilized by the Congress and the public to stop you.

1 comment:

Barry Schwartz said...

I’m not so sure his behaviors have much to do with medications, but rather indicate how terribly sick he is. In particularly, when he gets very pleased with himself he doesn’t just get cocky, he seems to get hypomanic, which could look as if he were taking stimulants.

Barney Frank has pointed out that the budget doesn’t give Congress the ability to stop Bush, because there are other moneys he has already been given and he can use those.

I think the best way to stop Bush would be for ‘Republicans’ to confront him seriously, as they did Nixon; Bush might not back down, like Nixon, but even precipitating Bush’s breakdown is better than trying to get through two more entire years of partial breakdown.