Tuesday, February 19, 2008

More Wall Street Journal eedjitcy

A signed opinion piece by Dubya speechwriter and RW flack William McGurn does the ol' "even Dubya's sh*te smells like roses to me" routine. Some aromatic pieces:
Let me put this in context with three contentious issues -- one economic, one cultural, and one on foreign policy. In each case, President Bush took a clear stand. In each case, he was accused of stupidity or stubbornness and sometimes both....
Well, yeah. There is a reason for that....
... In each case, the facts on the ground increasingly bear the president out, sometimes dramatically. Yet the beat goes on -- with no sense of the great irony that it may be our writers and pundits who are stubbornly clinging to old assumptions.

Start with taxes. In the first three years of his administration, the president signed into law a series of tax cuts. They helped families by lowering rates, doubling the child credit, and reducing the marriage penalty. They helped small businesses, by increasing the incentives for investment and lowering the rate at which most small businesses pay taxes. And they put the death tax on the road to extinction.

[...]

We now know that "jobless recovery" in fact produced the longest period of consecutive job growth in our history. We now know that the tax cuts that were supposed to blow a hole in the federal budget deficit actually contributed to economic growth that has in turn yielded record tax revenues.
The economy's a shambles, the Dow's at about what it was when Dubya started, the national debt increased by $4 trillion, and the "jobless recovery" is far more anemic (barely keeping up, if that, with even the growth in the work force) than Clinton's 8 years of growth (while tripling the Dow and producing a balanced budget to boot).
Or take stem cells. Shortly after taking office, the president had to make a tough decision about federal funding for embryonic stem cell research that holds out hope for life-saving treatments. The problem was that getting the stem cells requires destroying embryos. In July 2001, Mr. Bush announced a reasonable compromise. The solution was that the federal government would support embryonic stem cell research, but would not support the creation of life just to destroy it.

For more than six years, the critics have reacted by suggesting America was regressing into a new Dark Ages. "An act of self-serving political Houdinism" said one columnist. A later editorial after a presidential veto ran under the headline "The President's Stem Cell Theology." The science reporter for ABC News put it this way: "We talk to a lot of scientists who believe nothing will change until the next inauguration in 2009."

Well, we didn't have to wait until 2009 for something to change. Last November, scientists discovered a way to reprogram adult skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells. In other words, we now have the potential to cultivate adult cells with the same pluripotent qualities that make embryonic cells so valuable -- and without having to destroy human life. That sure sounds like a welcome development. So let me ask: How many stories or editorials have you read giving the president his due?
A total crock. I addressed this nonsense here. Dubya and "thinking about science" in the same sentence is a category error.
Finally there is Iraq. By the end of 2006, sectarian violence was tearing Iraq apart, the terrorists were getting away with spectacular acts of murder, and our strategy plainly was not working....
Yes, there is ... Iraq. Four years into it, and finally someone in the maladministration figgered out it wasn't going to be a "cakewalk" and they weren't going to be throwing flowers and kisses at our troops. This is some mark of brilliance?!?!?

But FWIW, we're nigh on 4000 dead troops (and a half million Iraqis dead) and $1 trillion dollars down the tube ... with no end in sight and no "exit plan"....
... For a man said to resist unpleasant truths, the president acted boldly. He replaced his defense secretary, replaced his commanders on the ground, and completely overhauled his strategy. Granted, it would have been better had it come earlier....
No. It would have been "better" if he invaded Iraq in the first place, and hadn't squandered 3000 U.S. troops because of incompetence (amongst other failings).
... But it was a tough thing to do, he did it -- and he did it knowing full well that the critics would jump all over him.
As well they should. The guy makes the Three Stooges look like Einstein.
The president announced the surge in a nationally televised address in January 2007. A conservative columnist accused the president of offering nothing but "salesmanship and spin." A cable TV host went on a rant declaring "the plan fails militarily, the plan fails symbolically, the plan fails politically." Columnists and commentators either hedged their bets or predicted disaster ahead, with allusions to Vietnam sprinkled in for good measure.

Yet the surge went ahead. In Anbar Province, Marines were sent in to take advantage of a popular Sunni revolt against al Qaeda -- and by April the capital city of Ramadi was being taken back from the terrorists. By September, U.S. and Iraqi forces were clearing out Baquba, a one-time al Qaeda town in Diyala Province. And though Gen. David Petraeus says that the gains can still be reversed, sectarian killings are down, civilian deaths are down, and the people of Baghdad are getting a taste of normal life. Surely the president deserves a little credit here.
For what? I count 877 dead troops since the "surge", and no end in sight.
President Bush hasn't always been right. But he's been right on the things that matter most, and he's been willing to take the heat. I, for one, admire him for it.
Well, yes, he deserves credit for the things he did right. Let's see, there's ... ummm, yeah, there was ... ummm, well, there was ... ummm-hmmm. Right. He hasn't done anything right.

So Mr. McGurn, this new "star" of the WSJ opinion page, is a News Corporation executive, eh? So, Bancroft family, that's what you get for selling to Murdoch and those jerks....

1 Comments:

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Bartbuster said...

It's astounding to me that there are still people who will say in public that they think the disaster in Iraq was a good idea.

 

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