After watching President Bush's speech to the nation this evening I have very little to say. For those who missed it, you can read it here
, but the gist is simple: in a last, desperate move the President has decided to deploy more than twenty thousand additional troops to Iraq. Much as a doctor might make one last desperate attempt to defeat an invasive disease by flooding a patient with antibiotics, so too are we preparing to make a last desperate attempt to cleanse Iraq of... what? Terrorists? Certainly, they are there, but the problems go deeper than Mr. Bush's terrorist/non-terrorist dichotomy. There is no analysis I might supply about this folly except to point you to that already provided
on his blog
In comments after the speech, Tim Russert
observed, "I said last year that Mr. Bush was gambling his presidency on the war in Iraq, and now he's made it double or nothing."
Perhaps so. Unfortunately, however, if Mr. Bush loses his gamble he will simply face ignomity in the future. The soldiers that he casts into the pot, however, may not have any future at all.
We have a name for somone who gambles with another person's money,* but what do we call someone who makes foolish gambles with other people's lives?
Right now, we call him "President." * i.e. "stock broker."