Friday, January 06, 2006

What Would You Do If You Had This Much Expertise Gathered In One Room?

You probably heard that President Bush gathered thirteen former Secretaries of Defense and State for a meeting in the White House Thursday morning. What an amazing opportunity to pick their brains. What an awesome chance to avail yourself of their wisdom, particularly in this difficult time.

Instead, according to the New York Times, the President spoke to them for 40 solid minutes, then opened up the floor for 5 to 10 minutes of "interchange with the group" (including testily interrupting Madeleine Albright), then herded them into the Oval Office for the group picture.

Oh, sure, then they got to go back across the hall to meet with National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"But as several of the participants noted, by that time Mr. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had gone on to other meetings."

Gotta love these people.

1 comment:

LaPopessa said...

It's unbelievable, isn't it. Was he finally caving in to all those stories about how he can't bear to hear dissent? And then after gathering the people who have decades of expertise on international relations in one room, he blows them off.

So will Bush supporters and those who are weakening on him look at that photo and say, "see, he listened to everyone" and not read the full story? That's my fear.