Outside Sources and Etc.
The Philadelphia City Paper picked up my “Defending Dubya” piece from the other week and printed in their fine alternative weekly, so if you’re in Philadelphia, please do pick it up; if you’re not in Philadelphia (or are in Philly, but just lazy) here’s the online link. Also as a head’s up for Philadelphia area folks: I’m going to be coming to your town for a wild and crazy publicity event in the second half of January, the details of which I will entice you with after the new year. For now, just be aware that Scalzination is imminent.
Speaking of the President, last night was one of his better speeches regarding Iraq, not in the least because he’s acknowledging what most of the rest of the country already knew; it’s always nice when the reality distortion bubble around the White House flickers a bit. Expect “defeatists” to become the new catchphrase when one is discussing folks who object to the current disposition of the Iraq situation; I would imagine those folks will move fast to nip that one in the bud.
As positive a step as I think last night’s speech was for the president, I have my doubts as to what it means in terms of what goes on on the ground in Iraq. Bush didn’t give that speech because he wanted to have a moment of candor with the American people; he gave that speech because his administration’s had the rug pulled out from under it, and his moment of candor was damage control. If we know anything about George Bush, it’s that he resents being made to do something he doesn’t want to, and he doesn’t like having to explain himself. So the question is whether he uses this acknowledgement of difficulties as an opportunity to adjust strategy, or whether his adminstration uses it to say “look, we said it was going to be difficult,” and then just keeps doing what it’s doing. If it’s the latter, I don’t expect his popularity to go up much, particularly in light of other current events.
We’ll see how it goes.