Friday, August 25, 2006

Is Senior Going to Flog some Sense into Junior?

Howling Latina wrote in The Virginia Progressive how President Bush was showing signs of his humanity as noted in quotes in a Dan Froomkin article.

In the meantime, the media is happily reporting with photos and headlines that Junior is visiting his father in Kennebunkport Maine.

Now moving right along the Froomkin article, HL had a sudden eureka moment.

Froomkin refers to a column by Robert Dreyfuss of Washington Monthly and the mysterious Iraq Study Group headlined by family confidant former secretary of state James Baker. HL saw a hopeful connection between the trip to Kennebunkport and ISG.

Now think about it...

Here's Junior in deep 'caca' (sorry Georgie) with the war in Iraq going very, very wrong; allies are leaving the sinking ship at break neck speed with the latest rat to flee endangered Congressman Chris Shays of Connecticut. Hell, even Lieberman is having second thoughts...

So...who does Senior call when Junior needs some bailing out?

Why, it's the family consigliere; the consumate statesman James Baker.

Lately, the media has noted the different new language used by Bush to describe Iraq; and HL has a very strong suspicion that Baker had a hand in it; and that as we speak he's working hard, fast and furious to come up with a strategy before the November elections; and Junior's little family vacation in Maine has more than a little something-something to do with Poppy taking him over to the woodshed and setting him straight by fists or by gun.

Here's Dreyfuss' sense of what Baker has been up to:
Since March, Baker, backed by a team of experienced national-security hands, has been busily at work trying to devise a fresh set of policies to help the president chart a new course in--or, perhaps, to get the hell out of--Iraq. But as with all things involving James Baker, there's a deeper political agenda at work as well. "Baker is primarily motivated by his desire to avoid a war at home--that things will fall apart not on the battlefield but at home. So he wants a ceasefire in American politics," a member of one of the commission's working groups told me. Specifically, he said, if the Democrats win back one or both houses of Congress in November, they would unleash a series of investigative hearings on Iraq, the war on terrorism, and civil liberties that could fatally weaken the administration and remove the last props of political support for the war, setting the stage for a potential Republican electoral
disaster in 2008. "I guess there are people in the [Republican] party, on the Hill and in the White House, who see a political train wreck coming, and they've called in Baker to try to reroute the train."
It's a damn shame Senior didn't take over the reins a little sooner; sure, Junior refused to listen to reason; and yes, he instead entrusted his fate as well as the country's to the evil stepfather as objectified by Cheney, But...instead of sending Scowcroft to the New York Times to warn the nation, shouldn't Senior, or at the very least, Baker have done the warning?

It would've saved the lives of nearly 3000 American soldiers who needlessly died for a misguided lie.

Too bad he's got his pops to bail him out. Would been nice seeing him take up drinking again.
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