President Bush is not an idiot, despite the ongoing avalanche of evidence to the contrary.
We're as guilty as many others of taking the piss of Bush, who has one of the hardest jobs in the worled, but we don't believe for a minute that there is not a seriously calculating, sharp and decisive mind floating in the vast cavern inside Bush's skull.
Sometimes he says what he means to say the wrong way, sometimes he says what doesn't mean to say out loud, and sometimes, like today, he says something that is so absurd and so completely arrogant and deluded, you have to wonder if advisors like Karl Rove feed him lines like this to see if he will actually say them out loud, and perhaps to test the gullibility of the Americans who listen to him :
"There’s certainly a stepped-up level of violence (in Iraq), and we’re heading into an election.”
“They believe that if they can create enough chaos, the American people will grow sick and tired of the Iraqi effort and will cause (the) government to withdraw.”
You see, the Iraqis are not slaughtering each other by the hundreds in one of the most brutal civil wars seen in the Middle East in decades. Hell, no. They're going at each other with car bombs and electric drills and acid and machetes and axes and nooses simply to try and mess up the Republicans' plans to continue controlling the US Congress through the rest of Bush's term as president.
The war inside Iraq, amongst the Sunnis and Shiites, is not being fought so as to embarrass President Bush or to ensure the Democrats pick up 25 or so new seats in the US House Of Representatives.
What sort of dementoid would ever consider that Iraqis today could give a damn what happens back in the United States.
Okay, I take it back. Bush is an idiot. At least for today.