If at first you don't succeed, say the same thing over and over and over

From WaPo:

President Bush’s Oval Office speech last night was the culmination of two weeks of efforts to rally the nation behind his policies and presidency by summoning the memory of Sept. 11, 2001. Five years after that indelible day, however, this president’s capacity to move the public is severely diminished.

There were echoes of the language and logic Bush invoked five years ago when he united a stricken nation looking to him for both comfort and leadership. But he was speaking to a different nation last night.

Setbacks in Iraq have soured a majority of Americans on that mission. Falsely optimistic predictions of progress have undermined the administration’s credibility. A majority of Americans question fundamental elements of the president’s argument, including his contention that Iraq is the central front in the campaign against terrorism.

Cumulatively, it leaves decidedly uncertain whether this week’s flood of rhetoric and remembrance can alter Bush’s perilous circumstances — at a critical moment for the future of the Iraq mission and the president’s own domestic standing 56 days before the midterm elections. more


The problem with the Bush administration is very simple.  For three years, they’ve been saying trust us, we’re doing the right thing.  For three years, they have been saying don’t believe your eyes, believe what we’re telling you.  During that time, Americans have seen the violence in Iraq escalate.  We seen deaths of American soldiers, UN diplomats, allies and Iraqi civilians.  We were told that this war would pay for itself.  This would be a quick war.  We would be greeted as liberators.  The happy talk, just doesn’t seem to be working anymore.  I fully expect that the next speech that President Bush will give will be entitled — Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?

Olbermann: So where is the memorial?

Keith Olbermann, of MSNBC’s Countdown, asked the question that we should all ask, so where’s the memorial?  It is five years from the event.  All we have is an empty hole in the ground.  There has been in fighting, partisan bickering and plain old New York bureaucratic red tape.  Don’t we as Americans deserve more?

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, President Bush stood on the rubble.  We were all behind him.  He made promises.  He made promises of capturing or killing the people that perpetrated this atrocity.  He made promises of rebuilding.  We’ve spent over $350 billion since then.  We have no more ill.  Bin Laden is still at large.  His right-hand man, today, taunts us by video.  We have to show for our investment?

Bush primetime 9-11 speech

Do you see anything new in this speech?  Why? Why did he call a prime time news conference if he had nothing new to say?

Addendum (9/12):  maybe, just maybe if you have nothing new to say then maybe you are trying to say something old.  Maybe you’re trying to say something they said before.  Maybe President Bush and the rest of his administration are telling us loud and clear that they have failed.  Although some of the people that planned the 9/11 attacks have been arrested or killed, the true masterminds continue to taunt us from the hills of northern Pakistan.  In spite of warnings to send more troops to shut off the escape path out of Tora Bora, for reasons that are unclear, the Bush administration decided not to do that. 

We’ve not rebuild the towers.  In my opinion, it is because of a lack of leadership.  The type of leadership that would cut through the red tape and the partisan bickering.  The type of leadership that America deserves.