The latest from the strategy genius on Pennsylvania Avenue:
WASHINGTON - With Democrats pushing for an end to the Iraq war now entering its fifth year,President Bush pleaded for more patience Monday, saying success is possible but "will take months, not days or weeks."Or years.
He said he had received news of positive signs during a morning briefing on the war with his National Security Council, and during a closed-circuit television conference call with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from Baghdad.Ah yes. The National Security Council with such stellar performers as Vice-President Dick Cheney, who is unable to open his mouth without spewing death and destruction, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who has yet to be right on anything, The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who is telling anyone who will listen that Bush had pretty much put the US Army and Marine Corps into a death spiral, and a few others. But, lest we miss the most important attendee, the National Security Advisor is still Stephen Hadley, who was the assistant to Paul Wolfowitz when Wolfowitz produced what was to become the framework for Bush's pre-emptive war doctrine. It was Hadley who pushed the bogus idea, in January 2003, of Saddam's efforts to acquire uranium from Niger. Then, after being advised by the CIA that it was probably not true, repeated the claim in an op-ed piece in the Chicago Tribune on February 16, 2003. It was Hadley who, along with Scooter Libby, tried to invent a link between al Qaeda and Saddam by promoting the idea that Mohammed Atta had met with Iraqi intelligence agent Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani in Prague; a meeting which never took place.
So, Bush, still relying on the Vulcans, suggests that the news coming out of a National Security Council briefing this morning is "positive".
How would he know?