With Bruce in Vegas and me having jury duty today, blogging may be slow for a while. And if your comment gets caught in the “Moderation Queue,” it may have to wait there for a while as we could both be far from computers for the better part of the day.
My post on the president’s critics denial of progress in Iraq ended up becoming much longer than I had anticipated, so I fear the point may have been lost. Maybe I need an editor.
Or maybe I shouldn’t try too hard to craft an essay. As is my wont. I mean, the first 200 words are just an introduction to the broader point. So, I’ll summarize. In a column in Newsweek (linked on Real Clear Politics), science columnist Sharon Begley claims that president is in denial about the situation on Iraq.
Only, in making her claim, she quotes psychologists (none of whom has analyzed the president), and suggests the war is lost, without providing any evidence to buttress that claim. She doesn’t even mention the surge nor the initial signs of its success. And never references the president’s statements (on the war in Iraq) in nearly of which, while claiming we are winning the war there, he also acknowledges the difficulties that lie ahead.
I cite articles indicating the success of the surge and write:
isn’t the president, but his critics who are in denial. While the president has changed his strategy, they haven’t changed their tune, continuing to report on the setbacks (and there are many) and all but ignoring the successes (which even some in MSM have begun to note).
While Ms. Begley’s piece is titled, “The Truths We Want to Deny” (and is all about the president’s alleged denial), she, as I wrote in the original post, “fails to provide any of the ‘truths’ she claims the president is denying.” Another example of the president’s critics relying more on their own animus against him than on their understanding of the facts of the situation.
Basically, she’s just using these psychiatrists in an attempt to ascribe a psychological afflicition to the president while showing that she is afflicted herself with what Charles Krauthammer has called, “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”