Bush to Iraq: “Who’s in charge here?”
Lord. Daily Kos has a jaw-dropping anecdote from _Time_ about President Bush’s attempt at not only finding WMD, but also finding Stephen Cambone, a little-known deputy to Donald Rumsfeld, back in Washington. Pause. “Who?” Bush asked.
The comments on Kos’ site range from the anguished to the conspiratorial. I personally don’t think this little exchange was deliberately engineered to insulate Bush, as Reagan was in the 1980s during the Iran-Contra scandal, but instead I see this as another example of the guy at the top not “sweatin’ the small stuff,” as he might twang when he’s feelin’ particularly Texan and all that.
When will this man realize that he is the _president of the United States_ and he has responsibility — legal, moral and otherwise? Whether he was lying about WMD when he claimed they were an imminent threat or whether he was misinformed _doesn’t matter._ What matters is that people died because of the decisions he made. And since it looks like he was either a liar or ignorant (or both, since why should one have to choose?) _he is responsible._
As Harry Truman once famously said, “The buck stops here.” I think Americans need to stand up and say, “We need to stop Bush here.”
_Time_ goes on to report that after the Q&A in Doha, Bush charged CIA chief George Tenet to lead the hunt. Tenet, in turn, appointed David Kay, former U.N. weapons inspector and big-time Iraq hawk as his go-to guy in Iraq. As Reagan once famously joked, “My right hand doesn’t know what my far-right hand is doing.”