Saturday, March 15, 2003

While support for a war against Iraq remains strong, confidence in the Bush Administration's handling of the conflict has weakened, according to a new Newsweek poll.

There's actually more support for attacking Iraq than there is for Bush's handling of the matter.

When the Bush White House reads these poll results, what conclusion will they reach? And what response will they have?

I'm afraid they will think they need to spend more time 'going the extra mile' (as Fleischer puts it) at the UN.

I, on the other hand, think that the time they've spent screwing around at the UN (my terminology) is the reason for the poor results. And the more time they spend at the UN, or the Azores, for that matter, the worse Bush's numbers are going to look.

What should Bush do? He should act in a way that reminds us of why he got the high numbers in the first place. He was confident, sure of where he was going and how he was going to get (us) there. Has anyone seen this Bush in the last few weeks and months? Instead of seeing confidence and a clearly stated goal (no articulation jokes, please), we've seen him going hat in hand, begging for help. Someone ought to tell him this isn't the version of 'a humble approach to foreign policy' that we were looking for.