Tearful President Bush

Tearful President George W. Bush

The photo of the tearful President George W. Bush was from a ceremony for Medal of Honor winner Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham yesterday (January 11, 2007). Dunham was killed when he jumped on a grenade to save members of his Marine patrol in Iraq.

Contrary to the opinion of some, this doesn’t look like somebody who enjoys sending soldiers to their death. Rather, of someone who has calculated the costs of inaction. I personally think that, if anything, he has under calculated, rather than over calculated the cost of inaction. It was a decade of disregarding the dangers in the world that brought about the 9/11 attacks.

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“I think what President Bush has decided to do is both courageous and correct. It strikes me, in listening to the critics emerging already, that the President can’t win either way. Before he changed directions, he was being criticized. And now that he’s changing directions, he’s being criticized.”
— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the President’s decision for a troop surge in Iraq

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