A Virtual Society Makes Virtual Sacrifices
President Bush appeared on the Jim Lehrer News Hour last night for an interview with host Jim Lehrer. The President is making the rounds trying to sell his new Iraq Policy. It doesn't seem to be going so well. Polls still suggest that few people support it. Of course, the President doesn't really help his own case when he answers tough questions with utterly ridiculous responses (via Steve Benen):
What on earth is he thinking? I'm sure that's a heartwarming image to the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The American people will now collectively shut off news of Iraq to make the pain go away. Deer in headlights: Bush in DC.
LEHRER: Let me ask you a bottom-line question, Mr. President. If it is as important as you’ve just said - and you’ve said it many times - as all of this is, particularly the struggle in Iraq, if it’s that important to all of us and to the future of our country, if not the world, why have you not, as president of the United States, asked more Americans and more American interests to sacrifice something? The people who are now sacrificing are, you know, the volunteer military - the Army and the U.S. Marines and their families. They’re the only people who are actually sacrificing anything at this point.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, you know, I think a lot of people are in this fight. I mean, they sacrifice peace of mind when they see the terrible images of violence on TV every night.