President Bush is absolutely certain that he has the U.S. and Iraq on the right course, says Woodward. So certain is the president on this matter, Woodward says, that when Mr. Bush had key Republicans to the White House to discuss Iraq, he told them, “I will not withdraw, even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me.” ~CBS News 

Via A.C., I see that Mark Rose will be with George Bush until the bitter end on Iraq. I’m glad to see some good ole’ fashioned American gumption and sticktoitiveness. Think of the great loss to history if Napoleon had turned back from Moscow, or the Donner Party had stopped at a Holiday Inn.

So stick with it Mark, I’m sure you will be vindicated in the end — if not on Earth, then on whatever planet you currently inhabit. ~Clark Stooksbury

I think I understand why Bush is so averse to withdrawing from Iraq.  It would require him to think, one might even say “obsess,” about Iraq far too much–like all those losers in fakeworld–and then he would cease to be a “real” person.  He might even lose his mojo again, which no one wants.

But here is the intriguing question in our age of kakistocracy: what if Laura and Barney also decided that Bush was wrong on Iraq, that it was time to leave?  What if Barney (who is, correct me if I am mistaken, his dog) decided to cut-and-run, or at least play fetch with strategic redeployment?  Apparently Iraq policy hinges on the opinions of Laura Bush and the presidential dog, so we need to change their minds pronto!  As I see on the dog’s website (yes, friends, the President’s dog has a website–we are indeed doomed), he has a ”birthday” on Saturday, so maybe we can get him something nice and, in return, he will convince Bush that he is mistaken in his Iraq policy.  It’s worth a shot.  We certainly don’t seem to be getting anywhere with the humans.