Having spent most of his life summering at his father’s luxury seaside summer home in Kennebunkport, ME, Bush II must have learned, as any sailor does, that one must tack with the changing winds if one does not want to flop one’s boat over.

“Stay the course” — particularly in Iraq — strikes me as the frightened muttering of a creature that one occasionally witnesses when one’s headlights freeze a rabbit or a deer in the middle of the road — the result is all too often either a sad squish or a resounding crash! Maybe with all his summering in Crawford, Bush has forgotten the elementary rules of the sea when one discovers that one has gotten lost? Back off and start again in right direction.

Please forgive all the mixed metaphors, but as one hears this guy muttering nonsense, as his rats who once whispered encouraging nothings into his ears are jumping ship, one is confronted by more and more empty slogans that do not connect with reality. Gonzalez was driven out by politics? But both Republicans and Democrats had pointed out that the guy was incompetent — if not a perjurer.

I just walked away from a pointless Bush presentation about all those poor folks who are losing their houses through having bought those lousy mortgages. He seems to have caught on that people are in trouble just as he mentioned the past few days his awareness at last of those hit by Katrina on the Gulf Coast. But what is he proposing that we do to solve either of these latter problems? Nothing much. Just donate an extra $50 billion to staying the course in Iraq while Afghanistan also goes down the tubes and our former allies one by one depart — with discomforting words only.

Bush is not only making a fool of himself. We Americans are made to look just as stupid by our media which still largely play earnestly to Bush’s slogans — signifying not a bang, but a whimper as he is running, running, running scared? Help!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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