Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Please, Not Another 3 Years

Despite the New York Times' reputation as a "liberal" media outlet, it is hard to imagine another time in the W. Bush presidency when that paper would have published anything nearly as blistering as the editorial they posted today. Slowly, but surely, eyes are finally beginning to open regarding the horror that exists at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Choice cuts:

After President Bush's disastrous visit to Latin America, it's unnerving to realize that his presidency still has more than three years to run. An administration with no agenda and no competence would be hard enough to live with on the domestic front. But the rest of the world simply can't afford an American government this bad for that long.


Mr. Bush could certainly afford to replace some of his top advisers. But the central problem is not Karl Rove or Treasury Secretary John Snow or even Donald Rumsfeld, the defense secretary. It is President Bush himself.


The place to begin is with Dick Cheney, the dark force behind many of the
administration's most disastrous policies, like the Iraq invasion and the stubborn resistance to energy conservation. Right now, the vice president is devoting himself to beating back Congressional legislation that would prohibit the torture of prisoners. This is truly a remarkable set of priorities: his former chief aide was indicted, Mr. Cheney's back is against the wall, and he's declared war on the Geneva Conventions.

Mr. Bush cannot fire Mr. Cheney, but he could do what other presidents have done to vice presidents: keep him too busy attending funerals and acting as the chairman of studies to do more harm.

Welcome to reality, Times editorial board. Where the heck y'all been?


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