Bush in a "State of Denial"

As a supporter of the initial invasion of Iraq and the overall strategy of Middle East democratization I have to say that I have come to feel disheartened by the current situation we find ourselves in. Those who frequent this website know how I feel about individuals in the administration who, in my opinion, have severely hurt our country. Namely, the Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld whose obvious failures and lack of modification in the Iraq war strategy has needlessly cost America lives. So needless to say, I was furious when I read the New York Times article detailing portions of the new Book out by Bob Woodward, “State of Denial”.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 — The White House ignored an urgent warning in September 2003 from a top Iraq adviser who said that thousands of additional American troops were desperately needed to quell the insurgency there, according to a new book by Bob Woodward… The Secretary of Defense is described as disengaged from the nuts-and-bolts of occupying and reconstructing Iraq — and so hostile toward Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser, that President Bush had to tell him to return her phone calls.

The American commander for the Middle East, Gen. John P. Abizaid, is reported to have told visitors to his headquarters in Qatar in the fall of 2005 that “Rumsfeld doesn’t have any credibility anymore” to make a public case for the American strategy for victory in Iraq.


Rumsfeld doesn’t have any credibility… at least not with me. And I’ve been yelling for more troops for over a year now. Every time I hear someone like Colin Powell say he urged for more troops in Iraq or read passages about how top aids to President Bush ignored the need for significant personnel increases, I just want to smash my head on my desk. Bob Woodward's much-anticipated new book paints a devastating picture of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as an arrogant, indecisive bumbler who won't take responsibility for his mistakes - or even admit any.

If the Democrats had any brains and were not beholden to the fringe-left, they might have thought about pushing a campaign strategy of significant troop increases, not the completely foolish immediate withdrawal mantra. But what upsets me is that not one Republican leader that I know of, has come out and pushed for the need of overwhelming force in Iraq. Not one has called for Rumsfeld to be fired… Whatever happened to “Just Win Baby”. Instead, we have a bunch of stubborn leaders stuck believing in the hearts and minds strategy while soldiers are being killed by an insurgency that should have never grown to its current intensity. SEND MORE TROOPS or we will lose.
Update: White House Counters Book. Side Note: This book does not ‘basically say Bush is a liar’ as many left-wing websites have said and are likely to say.