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Tuesday, November 29

So what WAS he doing?

“WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff says President Bush was "too aloof, too distant from the details" of post-war planning, allowing underlings to exploit Bush's detachment and make bad decisions.”

The rest is here at Yahoo News.

Too aloof? Too distant from the details? The president of the US wasn't involved in taking the country to war? Could this be considered dereliction of duty? Why was he too distant from the details of post-war planning? What the hell was so important to him that he didn’t involve himself with the planning of a war that would result in thousands of deaths?

As he likes to remind us quite often, he is the Commander in Chief of the military. That makes him the big cheese of all of our soldiers and he was, “too aloof”, to be bothered with what he was about to send our soldiers to do? Who kept him distant from the details? Did he keep himself out of the mix, and if so, why?

In my opinion we are left to draw one of two conclusions. Either he is a stooge being used by the neocons, or he is a gutless, heartless, goon. Either way, just because he didn’t feel it necessary to do his job or was incapable of doing it, he cannot be excused from his responsibility for all that has resulted and is still resulting from this war.

Incompetence or dereliction of duty seem to me to be enough to draw serious attention to and questions about his ability to continue to serve as the leader of this country. Questions must be asked of a president of the US who will send our soldiers to die in a war when he is negligent and uninformed about the facts and the details. This is a serious breach of trust between the office and the people of the United States. Those who have lost family members in this war should raise a hue and cry because the person they trusted with that family member’s life was “too aloof, too distant from the details” but declared a war anyway.

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