Anybody who has ever worked in politics knows that your credibility is your political "wealth" . Without credibility, you have no currency to trade in the political marketplace. Once you have "expended" your credibility, you have nothing.....
So Bush goes to Jordan and makes a jaw-dropping speech denying reality in all forms and all ways. Our allies, by some AP accounts, are agast at his ignorance of reality.
But not to worry.....Mark Sandalow, of the San Francisco Chronicle explains it all.
"This business about graceful exit just simply has no realism to it at all,'' Bush said at a news conference Thursday morning in Jordan with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Yet some experts say it would be foolhardy to assume, just because Bush said it, that the statement is true.
There is mounting evidence that the world of public Bush-speak -- from his vigorous support for al-Maliki and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to his rejection of direct diplomacy with Syria and Iran -- bears little relation to what goes on behind the scenes.
Senior White House officials even tangled this week with reporters who suggested that al-Maliki had snubbed Bush at a dinner with Jordan's King Abdullah. A three-way dinner had never been planned, the officials insisted -- until the reporters forcefully pointed out that it had been on the president's public schedule for nearly a week.
"It does seem from his rhetoric, if he's true to it, that he's not going to bend. That he's going to continue down the road toward further disaster,'' said historian Robert Dallek, who has written biographies of such wartime presidents as Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.
"But with this guy, I don't know. It's so hard to know what's going on behind the scenes. We'll all know in 30 to 40 years when they open up the documentary record,'' Dallek said.
In other words, don't listen to what he says, just WATCH WHAT HE DOES!
The man is now officially without credibility....without ANY CREDIBILITY.
Time for a nice, quiet vacation on a beach in the Caribean?....maybe not so much......