The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Bush: unnamed enemy in Iraq is "mean."

For some reason, there was lots of speculation yesterday that Bush's Camp David meeting could indicate a big shift in policy.

No question, the fighting is tough. No question, the enemy is violent and mean. But the enemy doesn't stand for anything. They have no message of hope. They have no positive philosophy. All they can do is kill and hope that the government splits up, or that the American people lose their will. And I keep reminding the American people that the stakes are worth it. It is worth it to help Iraq succeed. It is worth it to have a democracy in the Middle East. It is worth it to show other reformers and people who want to live in a free society what is possible.

Apparently they didn't even use the time to write new talking points.

UPDATE: I guess I was remiss in not mentioning Fearless Leader's trip to Iraq. Once again, it's being hailed as a great moment for Bush. Zarqawi was killed, the cabinet ministers have all been named, and we've turned another of those countless corners. Never mind that filling those posts was months behind schedule, Al Qaeda's leadership reportedly wanted Zarqawi dead, too, five car bombs went off on the day of the visit, and the country is so dangerous he couldn't even announce that he was going there for fear of assassination. Quite a success story.