With Saddam Hussein slowly rotting away in a grave in Tikrit, I can't help but think that deep down George Bush suddenly doesn't care about too much else. He's gotten what he wanted.
I always have AND always will believe that the second gulf war was the most costly vendetta in world history. I think George Bush saw a man that he could beat and a country he could pillage of its oil wealth. I think George W. Bush had no real plan for making America better and could think of nothing creative to make his mark on history aside from being "A Wartime President."
This is why over three years after we went into Iraq, we are still there, still dying, and still pumping more fresh American blood into an Iraqi civil war, from which we STILL have no exit strategy. George Bush was so blindly and stupidly exicted to get our troops, the finest fighters in the world, into Baghdad to capture and/or kill Saddam Hussein - that he sent them in with nothing short of a one-way ticket.
When I first heard his pre-war quote about Saddam Hussein, when he said, "He tried to kill my Daddy..." I knew we as a nation were doomed in this war effort. And we are. We will be at 5000 killed by Summertime and so many more Americans will be grieving and trying to put their broken lives back together thanks to a President that is narrow-minded and short sighted.
This is all not to mention, or overlook, the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's that have died and will die in this ruthless and bloodthirsty civil war that we seem so hell bend on standing in the middle of. At some point, our strategy needs to be stand aside and let the Sunni's and the Shia' fight until the bloodlust, hatred and anger is out of their systems. That is awful and that is barbaric, but that is the way it must be. We must let Iraqi go the way it must go - be it good or be it bad. It's like pushing a car in neutral down a hill... once it gets rolling, you have to just let it go where it has to go.
Meanwhile, America's truest enemy - OSAMA BIN LADEN - is sitting up in a village in northern Pakistan surrounded by family and friends drinking goat's milk and eating like an Arabian Prince in exile. I haven't heard the name Osama uttered from President Bush's lips in well over a year. Bush said it himself, "I just don't think about him [Bin Laden] that much..." I think Bush was trying to sound flippant when he said that - like he wasn't pressed about him... but he needs to be. He needs to make sure that we don't forget about Osama, he needs to remind the world that you can't spill American blood in American streets and just walk away.
But what am I talking about... that would sound like a REAL president wouldn't it?