George Bush likes to call himself a "War President." Okay, he likes to call himself a lot of things, but "War President" seems to be his proudest. So proud he now wants a U.S. military presence in Iraq for the next 50 years.
And of course, he is a "War President." The problem is that just because one is a "War President," that doesn't mean one is a good "War President." Or a competent "War President."
George Bush is a "War President" like Fredo is a Corleone. Sure, when Michael became Godfather, he assigned Fredo to head-up a Vegas casino. But everyone tolerated Fredo as The Slow Corleone, a clownish, bumbling Corleone who -- despite whining, "I'm smart, Michael. I'm not dumb" -- everyone knew otherwise, while rolling their eyes and ignoring him. Fredo's concept of casino leadership was to hire a couple of hookers and a three-piece combo to welcome Michael, who promptly threw them all out of the room.
But, yes, Fredo was a Corleone.
Just like George Bush is a "War President."
As squirrelly as it would be Constitutionally, sometimes you wish those around George Bush would roll their eyes when he hires the hookers and bad combo for Iraq, and throw them all out. While you get the sense that there's a lot of eye rolling in the White House, unfortunately nobody is ignoring his bungling orders.
It's incomprehensible that George Bush likes to point to himself as a "War President." Most normal, rational humans would be ashamed. But, no, George Bush wears with pride that he is a "War President." That this is his legacy, this is his war.
This war has already gone on six months longer than our involvement in World War II.
Let's put that in perspective:
In World War II, we were fighting the Nazis. Led by Adolf Hitler. And the blitzkrieging German Third Reich was attempting to take over the entire world.
And they were partnered with Italy and Japan. To take over the entire freaking world. A war spread out across all of Europe, over the breadth of the Pacific Ocean and into the lands of the Far East.
While for the Iraq War, we are fighting -- in Iraq. A Third World nation that not only doesn't have electricity most of the time ... it doesn't even have an opposition leader. It doesn't even have an army. We got rid of Saddam Hussein eight minutes into the war, and then disbanded all his soldiers.
And this war, under George Bush's "War President" leadership, has already gone on six months longer than our involvement in World War II.
And there is no end in sight.
Indeed, the Republican Congress is fighting efforts by Democrats to end the Iraq War by the end of 2008. President George Bush has already said that the war will go into the next President's watch to end it. At the barest minimum, that's nearly two more years -assuming the next President ends the war within days of taking office. Two more years, minimum.
The Iraq War has already gone on six months longer than our involvement in World War II.
George Bush likes to call himself a "War President" -- yet virtually every action, every order, every step has been an utter disaster.
The reason for going into war has changed like the seasons. From finding the WMD to removing Saddam Hussein to bringing democracy to Iraq. And on and on and on.
The assumption of how fast the war would be over was ghastly wrong. The assumption of how we would be greeted was ghastly wrong. The inability to get our allies with us to the end was ghastly wrong. The decision to not send enough U.S. troops at the beginning was ghastly wrong. The decision to disband the Iraq Army yet let them keep their guns, lying about yellowcake, building a Berlin-like Wall, backing corrupt Iraqi leaders, having no exit strategy or Plan B, sticking with Donald Rumsfeld, "surging" the war with too few troops when the nation wants it all over, on and on...wrong, wrong, wrong. Ghastly wrong.
And the war has gone on and on. And on.
Six months longer than our fighting in World War II.
With no end in sight.
And the President calls himself a "War President."
Like this inherently means something impressive. Understand, Saddam Hussein called himself a War President, too. How'd that work out for him? Lyndon Johnson was a War President. So was Jefferson Davis.
Calling oneself a "War President" is not a big deal. Being a "good" War President, that's a big deal. And in the end, the trick isn't what you decide to call yourself. It's what you do with the job you were elected to do.
Even Fredo understands that.