“We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement of Donald Rumsfeld…”
“The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously…”
“I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defence in history…”
Compare with comments made last November, when Rummy stepped down;
“While Secretary Rumsfeld and I have had our differences, he deserves Americans’ respect and gratitude for his many years of public service…”
The above is an example of a flip-flop;
A “flip-flop“… is a sudden real or apparent change of policy or opinion. Usually it will occur during the period prior to an election in order to maximize the candidate’s popularity.
Another recent example of McCain flip-flopping can be found here.
It seems to me that, in the context of US politics, the ability to flip-flop is not only de rigeur, it is an essential attribute, and in order to gain any sort of credibility as a politician, one must be prepared to ditch one’s opinions and convictions. In the land of short-term memories, political consistency means nothing, and variability would seem to equate with integrity.
To be fair though, McCain is by no means unique.
From a review of “Ariel Sharon: An Intimate Portrait“;
Speaking of George Bush, with whom Sharon developed a very close relationship, Uri Dan recalls that Sharon’s delicacy made him reluctant to repeat what the president had told him when they discussed Osama bin Laden. Finally he relented. And here is what the leader of the Western world, valiant warrior in the battle of cultures, promised to do to bin Laden if he caught him: “I will screw him in the ass!”
We can only speculate on the nature of G.W.B.’s very close relationship with Sharon (and I for one feel that whatever these two venerable old queens got up to in the privacy of their own shared quarters is their own business), but the the fact that G.W.B. himself confessed to Sharon (doubtless as they shared a noblesse after one of their summits) his love for O.B.L., what many of us have long suspected… I for one am guilty of misjudging the man’s propensity for honesty.
What with the immanent arrival of Dicky’s sixth grandchild, and Dubya’s courageous admission (albeit through the agency of another), I’m sure the Republican base is right behind these nutty jokers.
Peace and phuqueing,