Monday, August 29, 2005

Why won't you meet with us?

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THE BRAD BLOG: "Mr. Bush, Specialist Young Would Also Like to Speak With You...":
U.S. Army Specialist Tomas Young has some questions for George W. Bush. He's never met with the Commander-in-Chief who sent him into Sadr City, Iraq in a canvass covered truck during a massive uprising in that city on April 4, 2004. The same city on the same day that Cindy Sheehan's son Casey was killed.

Tomas was lucky. He was only paralyzed from the chest down. Amongst other things he'd like to ask of Bush, is why he won't allow funding for stem cell research which might eventually restore the spine that he lost in Bush's War. A spine, as Tomas explained to us yesterday on The BRAD SHOW, which apparently Bush has never had.

Tomas and his new wife Bree (also pictured), came to Crawford from Kansas City on their honeymoon to "stand" in support of Cindy Sheehan.
I think the Sheehan protest has captured something really important about the Bush's in a way that no one has been able to do before. All through the campaign, people were talking about how the Secret Service and local organizers were preventing anyone with Kerry stickers on their car from attending Bush events, from seeing their president and a candidate to keep that job.

The question implicit in that was "Why won't you meet with me?"

In 2002, millions of people crowded onto the streets of cities around the country and around the world, calling to let the inspectors work, to build a real coalition, to present a real case against Saddam, and a real plan for the war and its aftermath. Bush, when asked about this overwhelming cry, said that he didn't make policy based on focus groups.

The question implicit in those protests were "Why won't you meet with us?"

When Richard Clarke wrote about the transition from Clinton to Bush through the summer of 2001, he describes being constantly put off in his attempts to bring together high level meetings on al Qaeda. Paul O'Neill describes similar moments when experienced voices were excluded from decision making. Colin Powell is believed to be the source behind Bob Woodward's description of the disarray in foreign policy that resulted from the way the Bush cabinet works to be the one who gives the president the first chance to make a snap judgment on an issue.

Finally, 3 years later, someone managed to condense all the impotent rage of the protesters on the streets and cabinet members who didn't toe the line.

"Why won't you meet with us?"