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    Bush; 'I'm "Trainable" and the Decision-maker' on Iraq Troop Levels

    by: Betsy L. Angert

    Fri Jan 26, 2007 at 11:00:00 AM EST

    © copyright Betsy L. Angert

    Please view either or each.  Keith Olbermann :: Bush - The decision maker or . . .
    Please preview the CBS coverage of the press conference.  Pardon the obligatory advertisement.  Bush: 'I'm The Decision-Maker'

    Today, President Bush meeting with his new top commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, and the press bought back memories.  As I listened to George W. Bush speak on Iraq, I was reminded of my youth.  The once self-proclaimed "decider" explained he is "the decision maker." 

    Betsy L. Angert :: Bush; 'I'm "Trainable" and the Decision-maker' on Iraq Troop Levels
    Back in the day, my parents worked with patients labeled "mentally retarded."  Often these "special needs" persons were not as they appeared to be.  Diagnosis means and methods were poor.  People's chosen perceptions played a more prominent role than "reality" might have.  The same may still hold true today and likely, it does.  Nevertheless, I recall dinner conversations and terms flying around our family table.  One was "trainable." 

    Apparently, there are differences even within the dynamic of "retardation."  Some are mildly affected, thus "educable."  Others are moderately influenced; thus, they are considered "trainable."  The severely or profoundly slow may require life-long care and supervision.  These persons are often confined to institutions. 

    I have never thought George W. was or is as others state, the stu*** word.  Nor do I think he meets the criteria for special needs.  I think the man is infinitely shrewd.  Yet, I do wonder; perchance, is the White House the proper setting for such a character.  Might this haloed hall be the best prescribed treatment center for a chap such as Bush?

    This morning I realized that my own analysis was flawed.  George W. Bush is trainable.  The "decider" spoke, as he had never done before.  He labeled himself the "decision maker."

    I pondered.  I recall when Mister Bush articulated his regret.  He acknowledged that the characteristically George rhetoric may be too dramatic.  George W. Bush expressed his intent to capture Osama Bin Laden and bring him home, "dead, or alive!"  President Bush, when proclaiming his frustration offered, "You are either with us or against us."  He told his enemies, "Bring it on" and they have.

    Most surprisingly to me was that George W. Bush stated his wife spoke to him of his cowboy-like language.  Laura advised him to watch his tongue.  It seems the leader had; he is learning his lessons.  Thus, I conclude, George W. Bush is "trainable."  That is good to know.  You go George.  Please impress them, preferably, with your intellect and give up the statements of grandeur!

    As I read the text and reviewed the video of this last exchange with the press I can only conclude, training a tyrant is a slow process.  Once a "decider" decides, as far as they are concerned, they are done.  No further discussion is needed.  Mister Bush may speak to the media more eloquently; however, little has changed.

    Bush says 'I'm the decision-maker' about sending troops to Iraq
    By Jennifer Loven
    Associated Press

    9:50 a.m. January 26, 2007

    WASHINGTON - President Bush, on a collision course with Congress over Iraq, said Friday "I'm the decision-maker" about sending more troops to the war.  He challenged skeptical lawmakers not to prematurely condemn his buildup.

    "I've picked the plan that I think is most likely to succeed," Bush said in an Oval Office meeting with senior military advisers.

    The president had strong words for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who are lining up to support resolutions opposing his decision to send 21,500 troops to Iraq.  He challenged them to put up their own ideas.

    "I know there is skepticism and pessimism and that some are condemning a plan before it's even had a chance to work," the president said.  "They have an obligation and a serious responsibility therefore to put up their own plan as to what would work."

    Despite doubts in Congress and among the public about his strategy, Bush said lawmakers agree that failure in Iraq would be a disaster and that he chose a strategy that he and his advisers thought would help turn the tide in Iraq.

    Hold onto your hats.  Grab your saddles.  People we are again in for a rough ride!

    Rally 'round.  The Trainable Decider is expecting or creating trouble again . . .

  • Keith Olbermann :: Bush - The decision maker YouTube
  • Resources for Working With Youth of Special Needs.  University of Illinois Extension
  • Bush: 'I'm the decider' on Rumsfeld, Defense secretary: Changes in military meet resistance.  Cable News Network  Tuesday, April 18, 2006
  • Regrets? Confessions? Bring 'em on!  By Leslie Savan.  The Boston Globe. June 2, 2006
  • pdf Regrets? Confessions? Bring 'em on!  By Leslie Savan.  The Boston Globe. June 2, 2006
  • Bush: 'I'm the decision-maker,' By Mark Silva.  Chicago Tribune.  January 26, 2007
  • Bush says 'I'm the decision-maker' about sending troops to Iraq, By Jennifer Loven.  Associated Press.  San Diego Union Tribune.
  • Bush: 'I'm the decision-maker' on Iraq troop levels.  Cable News Network  January 26, 2007
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    Anything I read.......... (10.00 / 2)
    About Bush gives me a migraine headache. I hope that Congress follows through on its intent to put the brakes on W's corruption.

    Investigate, impeach, and exit Iraq. (10.00 / 1)
    Dear Vandil . . .

    I wish Congress would choose to be stronger.  Investigate, impeach, and exit Iraq.

    I do enjoy watching George W. Bush.  For moments, while viewing I work to separate myself from the havoc so that I might appreciate what would be humorous were it not so hurtful.

    It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. ~ Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull

    Betsy L. Angert


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    Afer today's protest in D.C.... (11.00 / 1)
    ...and some arm twisting Monday, in the halls & offices of Congress, maybe the R's & D's will find one strong resolution that will capture the largest population of both sides of the isle and sting Bush like a bee. It's got to be the majority of both parties to make an impact. George and Dick have made it abundantly clear this week that they will govern without the support of the American People or their representatives. It sounds like a death wish to me. Not only has BushCo depleted and stretched out our Armed Forces, they next might strain their own Secret Service as well - as the SS try to protect these tyrants from nearly the whole world against them... BushCo is tearing this nation apart in every way possible - pitting rich against poor, religion against religion, middle class against outsourcing - and illegal immigration. I truly believe this has been their game plan all along - distract, divide, and destroy Democracy - and fill the pockets of their own future, and their big business friends - while in the process of polishing the rest of us all off.

    Molecules launch from our final breath - to be owned by the next living soul who inhales them...

    trainable, down the toilet? (9.00 / 1)
    Dear Keechi . . .

    You are so correct.  This is a country deeply divided.  Each day the Bush/Cheney pair is more childish than the day before.  What happened to a representative government.  Does the Constitution specify leaders only work for the wealthy?

    In some strange ways, Bush and Cheney have brought us together.  We are now close to 28 percent approval rating for Bush.  Cable News Network reports, according to their polls this nation is just waiting with great anticipation for the Bush presidency to end.

    I am grateful for the massive protest on Sunday.  Perhaps one day we will give peace, and prosperity for all a chance!!

    It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. ~ Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull

    Betsy L. Angert


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