Republicans Try To Smash Sense Into Bush’s Head

My dissatisfaction with President Bush over the issue of Iraq has been well expressed in the past (see: Mr. President, With all due Respect, Fuck Off). So I’m more than happy to know that at least some Republicans are taking the gloves off and telling the president to get his shit together.

Tim Russet and Brian Williams during the NBC Nightly News Broadcast.
Via Drudge

At two-thirty in the afternoon, in the private quarters of the White House, the Solarium Room, eleven Republican congressmen had a private meeting with the president, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, the chief political advisor Karl Rove...

This delegation was headed by Mark Kirk of Illinois and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania. It was, in the words of one of the participants, the most unvarnished conversation they've ever had with the president.

Another member has said he has met with three presidents and never been so candid. They told the president, and one said, quote, "My district is prepared for defeat. We need candor, we need honesty, Mr. President." Mr. Bush responded, "I don't want to pass this off to another president. I don't want to pass this off, particularly, to a democratic president," underscoring he understood how serious the situation was.

...the Republican congressmen went on to say, "The word about the war and its progress cannot come from the White House or even you, Mr. President. There's no longer any credibility."
That is absolutely right. President Bush has no credibility (not with me) and I’m getting tired of having to hear the White Houses’s recycled bullshit. The President, with his timid war effort and lack of leadership, has almost singlehandedly destroyed the Republican Party. -I knew he was going to destroy our election chances and I even laid out what needed to be done to win the war in Iraq. Unfortunately, I’m just a lowly blogger who puts his Spiderman PJs on one leg at a time like everyone else.

The meeting lasted an hour and fifteen minutes, and was, in the words of one, " remarkable for the bluntness, and no holds barred honesty and the message delivered by all these Republican congressmen.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: And did the president react and how did this then affect the instructions for VP Cheney heading off to Iraq?

RUSSERT: One congressman said, "How can our daughters and sons spill their blood while the Iraqi parliament goes on vacation? The president responded, "The Vice President is over there to tell them, 'Do not go on vacation.'" -MSNBC Video-
If, in fact, the Iraqi parliament goes on vacation for a substantial amount of time, then that’s it! We leave! We leave right that second and let them kill each other. I’ve given the president enough time to realize the only way to win the war is by the use of extreme overwhelming force. And if he had no intention of doing that, then we should have left last year. Either we do something drastic or we go home...