Reality called. He's wondering if you're ever going to get back in touch.
Earlier today, the President met with Gen. Petraeus (the commander of all forces in Iraq) in the Oval Office. The media was there for the photo op, and the President took a couple of questions. His answers were nothing short of amazing - they were hysterically amusing, right up until the point when I remembered that this guy really is the President, and really does have access to launch codes. The first of the two questions covered the supplemental war funding bill, and the second covered the Attorney General's amazing Senate testimony.
In response to the Iraq funding question, the President had this to say:
I believe strongly that politicians in Washington shouldn't be telling generals how to do their job. And I believe artificial timetables of withdrawal would be a mistake. An artificial timetable of withdrawal would say to an enemy, just wait them out; it would say to the Iraqis, don't do hard things necessary to achieve our objectives; and it would be discouraging for our troops. And therefore I will strongly reject an artificial timetable withdrawal and/or Washington politicians trying to tell those who wear the uniform how to do their job.
That's a 90 word answer. In that 90 word answer, the President twice said that he was opposed "Washington politicians" telling soldiers how to do their job. Twice.
Let's review: President Bush is the one who proposed the surge. President Bush, in explaining his reasoning for this, pointed out that he is the "decider" on matters like this. President Bush is the President of the United States. He is an elected political figure - a politician. And he said that Washington politicians shouldn't tell the generals how to do their job while standing in the Oval Office, which is located in Washington, D.C.
In response to the Gonzo questioning, the President said this:
The Attorney General went up and gave a very candid assessment, and answered every question he could possibly answer, honestly answer, in a way that increased my confidence in his ability to do the job.
The man couldn't recall things more than 70 times during his testimony. He said at one point that he now "understood" that he had met with you. His memory was so bad that it makes you wonder if he spends most of the time sitting in a pot on the windowsill over at Justice, with a sign taped to his stem reminding staffers to periodically rotate him to face the sun. And this increased your confidence in him?? What would it take to decrease it?