What would President George W. Bush do about the mess in Iraq? One could take an educated guess. Airstrikes are my hunch.
Nobody however knows what's on the former President's mind. To his credit, Bush graciously is silent about the deteriorating situation in Iraq. Thank you, Mr. President.
His top henchmen Dick Cheney, Tony Blair, Paul Wolfowitz, Bill Kristol, John McCain and Paul Bremer are falling over themselves with media appearances in desperate bids to redeem their tattered reputations.
Cheney, in today's Wall Street Journal, dismissed President Obama as a "fool" who "seems determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch." He wrote:
"American freedom will not be secured by empty threats, meaning red lines, leading from behind, appeasing our enemies abandoning our allies or apologizing for our great nation—all hallmarks to date of the Obama doctrine."
That tripe is from a guy who presided over the biggest foreign policy disaster in US history. Cheney's partner, Rummy, is bound to emerge from the shadows, as well.
Blair, Bush's poodle for providing diplomatic cover for the US invasion, emerged June 15 to say it is "profoundly wrong" to blame the 2003 US/British attack for the current crisis.
There's just something noxious about Blair, who has bigger things to worry about. The former prime minister, who allegedly lives in constant fear of a citizen’s arrest for his Iraq misadventure, was justly rewarded for his most recent outburst, having impeachment papers filed in Parliament. [Under British law, Parliament can conduct an impeachment trial of anybody of an alleged crime. A simple majority vote is needed to impeach, which could lead to prison. The last impeachment was 1806.]
Bush stays above the fray, probably tending to his budding painting career.
Blair and other members of the disgraced mob that sent Iraq into chaos should follow his lead.
Silence is golden, especially when you have nothing to say.