Sunday, March 05, 2006

The problem we face

Bill Kristol on the Bush Administration:
BILL KRISTOL: I think it’s become in people’s minds an emblem of the administration that just isn’t as serious about the competent execution of the functions of government as it should be. And even — I’m struck talking to conservatives and Republicans — they agree with the president on basic political philosophy, the they agree with his basic policy agenda, but they are worried that they just don’t seem to be able to execute as well as they should be.
I've said it before, and never thought it was something that Bill Kristol would be saying, too: The Bush Administration isn't opposed to big government, their opposed to good government.

And this is why the reported plans to withdraw from Iraq by early 2007 scares the crap out of me. I think withdrawing from Iraq is probably a good idea, but I'm desperately worried that this Administration will make a colossal hash of the thing, then turn around and say "I told you we shouldn't withdraw."

And timing the withdrawal after the election but before any change in power can cascade down to changes in policy will leave any new Democratic majorities in the House or Senate hobbled trying to clean up whatever mess the Administration makes.

Be careful what you wish for.