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REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN TAKE IT TO BUSH
"TIM RUSSERT, NBC NIGHTLY NEWS: Brian, all eyes on the Republican party. How long will they support the president's position on the Iraq War? Yesterday may have been a defining, pivotal moment.
At two-thirty in the afternoon, in the private quarters of the White House, the Solarium Room, eleven Republican congressmen had a private meeting with the president, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, the chief political advisor Karl Rove, and the White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, and others.
This delegation was headed by Mark Kirk of Illinois and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania. It was, in the words of one of the participants, the most unvarnished conversation they've ever had with the president.
Another member has said he has met with three presidents and never been so candid. They told the president, and one said, quote, "My district is prepared for defeat. We need candor, we need honesty, Mr. President."
The president responded, "I don't want to pass this off to another president. I don't want to pass this off, particularly, to a democratic president," underscoring he understood how serious the situation was.
Brian, the Republican congressmen went on to say, "The word about the war and its progress cannot come from the White House or even you, Mr. President. There's no longer any credibility. It has to come from General Petraeus.
The meeting lasted an hour and fifteen minutes, and was, in the words of one, " remarkable for the bluntness, and no holds barred honesty and the message delivered by all these Republican congressmen.
BRIAN WILLIAMS: And Tim...how did the president react and how did this then affect the instructions for VP Cheney heading off to Iraq?
RUSSERT: One congressman said, "How can our daughters and sons spill their blood while the Iraqi parliament goes on vacation? The president responded, "The Vice President is over there to tell them, 'Do not go on vacation.'"
In August of 1974, Barry Goldwater, the patriarch of Republican Conservatism met with Richard Nixon and told him it's over. He needed to resign. He had lost the support of congress and the American people. Or, as Goldwater more candidly stated it in private
"There are only so many lies you can take, and now there has been one too many," complained Arizona's Conservative Barry Goldwater. "Nixon should get his ass out of the White House—today!"
George W. Bush will go down as the most disastrous president this country ever elected. Future historians will wonder what in the FUCK the American people could have been thinking to have elected this guy not once, but twice.
We're not talking just innocently incompetent Franklin Pierce bad.
We're talking criminally destructive Richard Nixon bad. But it's even worse.
Nixon just authorized the breaking and entering of a Washington hotel office of the Democratic National Committee. George W. Bush authorized the breaking, entering and occupation of two soverign countries. One of which was justified, the other...not so much.
We recovered from Watergate. I'm not sure we will ever recover from The War on Terror and the Invasion of Iraq (two completely different and unrelated items, btw).