I’ve been listening to reactions to the speech off and on all day, and my emotions are all over the place:
- I am very pleased to see members of congress from both parties speaking out so strongly against the president’s plan. It is a very rare day when I agree with Senator Hagel of Nebraska, but I think he hit the nail on the head when he called the president’s speech, “the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam, if it’s carried out.” (Crooks & Liars has the clip here.)
- I am greatly disturbed by the president’s apparent unwillingness to listen to all the voices that are screaming against the idea of a troop surge in Iraq.
- I am worried about everyone in the military — I can only imagine how they must be feeling after that speech.
- I am terrified of all the talk about a possible new war with Iran. What the hell is Bush thinking? And, by the way, who does he think is going to fight in this new war? The military is stretched as far as it can be, at this point.
The president has lost all credibility, all support, all sanity. Someone needs to do an intervention on him — just march into the Oval Office, shove aside all the people who are insulating the president against reality, and knock him upside the head, and say, “Listen, you have to stop all this! These are some really bad ideas you’re getting, and people are dying as a result!”