Who said this, and when?
“I think you can anticipate, until the moment the President gives a speech, there will be continued discussions around the edges. But the President knows what he wants to say. And, as I indicated, the Middle East for too long has been an area of the world in which there have been two steps backward for every step forward. On a good day, sometimes there’s one step forward, one step backwards. And on a rare day, it’s two steps forward, one step backwards. The President wants to contribute and do everything in his power to an environment which it is steps forward, not backward.
So the President will, when he determines the time is right, have more to say about how to bring about more accountability for security, how to help build institutions that are necessary to develop peace. And when the moment is right, the President will announce that and then you will hear from the President…”
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, January 2007? No, that’s former White House spokesman Ari Fletcher at the lectern back in 2002, before the start of the Iraq war!
I want to be optimistic, but I’ve watched President Bush’s kabuki far too many times. Tonight, though the casualties keep mounting and a record-low 26% of the American people support the Commander in Chief’s decision to send more troops to Iraq, he’s setting the stage for
a New Way Forwardan escalation. You gotta wonder who, besides Barney and Laura, are standing with him.
How much are we willing to sacrifice — lives, liberties and treasure — before we take our Cheetos-stained fingers off our TV remotes and take to the streets? If we truly want peace, I now believe with all my heart that American citizens are going to have to wage war on the White House.
No stomach for politics, no time for battle? Surely, you’ve got sufficient courage and a few moments available to call or write your Representatives. Pray for peace, and fight to make it happen.