Tuesday, December 05, 2006

You CAN Always Get What You Want - In AMERICA

As the Senate committee unanimously approved Robert Gates today, I think we are on our way to having a terrific example of American public opinion in action. In November, Americans turned their back on Bush’s foreign policy regarding Iraq. The public clearly favored the Democrats’ position (which I would say is really no position at all outside of being not Bush’s position) regarding Iraq instead. Today Gates made clear that the public is shaping America’s position when he declared that he is “open to a wide range of ideas and proposals” and that “all options are on the table.” Et Voila. The “anything but stay the course” foreign policy has made it from the dinner table/evening news to the polling booth to the Congress to the Secretary of Defense’s lips.

2 comments:

Dr. Duke Nukem said...

No need to get overly optimistic. Although public opinion has gained force over the years, the government has gained experience in resisting that opinion.

One tactic is shifting responsibility, the other is simply talking your way out of the problem. Rumsfeld and Bolton resign, while Bob Gates and Baker Commission are brought in. Gates and the Baker Commission are already making noise about changing US foreign policy, but their language leaves the Bush administration significant room in which to manuever for the remaining two years.

Public opinion is a strong force in determining policy, but it's far to early to herald the beginning of a new strategy in Iraq.

The Geriatric Three said...

I would point out perhaps the best summary of this vote, taken from last night's Daily Show: "Are you now or have you ever been Donald Rumsfeld?" Really? Are you sure? Cool."