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


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

'Bushworld' now five stops past 'Bizarroworld.'

Although it's probably the most blogged-about event of the day, I'd be remiss in pointing out the latest example of what makes our president just about the least competent man for the job.

Last night on the PBS Newshour, Jim Lehrer asked President Bush why he hasn’t called on Americans — besides those serving in the volunteer military — to sacrifice something to help our country in this time of struggle. Bush claimed Americans are sacrificing: “They sacrifice peace of mind when they see the terrible image of violence on TV every night.” Bush explained that “the psychology of the country…is somewhat down because of this war.”

Like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Bush said that he would “strongly oppose” raising taxes on the wealthy to help offset the increasing costs of war in Iraq because he wants “people to feel like their life’s moving on.” The Wall Street Journal reports, “The growing financial strain of Iraq will be spelled out as never before in a series of defense and war-related spending requests by the White House next month, expected to total more than $700 billion through Sept. 30, 2008.”

And there you have it. It took Fearless Leader months to arrive at a "new" Iraq strategy that almost no one thinks will work, but is guaranteed to cost much more in blood and money. But don't worry about it! It's bad enough that you might be upset by icky pictures on the news-- don't trouble your head with where we'll come up with the scratch to pay off that $700 billion IOU.