What ARE your New Year's resolutions anyway?

Mr. President,
I guess neither seeking psychiatric help nor changing your management style was on your list of New Year’s resolutions.
Your much-touted “listening tour” was heralded throughout the holidays, but it sadly ended up with a cartoon figurine of three Bush-faced monkeys.
One Bush monkey has its hands over its ears with the caption “Hear No New Plan.”
The second Bush monkey has its hands on its head with the caption, “Know No New Plan.”
And the third Bush monkey has its hands over its mouth with the caption, saying, “Speak No New Plan.”

As part of your grand plan you have decided to continue your relentless purge of naysayers from your administration under the guise of establishing a broad
revamping of your new Iraq team. So it is out with Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Gen. John P. Abizaid, both of whom have publicly expressed severe doubts about your “surge” option in Iraq.

You have laid your royal sword on the shoulder of Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus and proclaimed him as your top American military commander in Iraq to replace Gen. Casey.


Adm. William J. Fallon will replace Gen. John P. Abizaid as the head of the Central Command. Admiral Fallon will manage simultaneous ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Although the departures of both General Casey and General Abizaid were expected; it seems that General Casey’s hasty removal was moved up several months from the original date he had planned.

Both Petraeus and Fallon your newly knighted, and loyal soldiers have been bestowed the honor of carrying on your crusade in Mesopotamia as long as they keep singing from your hymnbook.

Your Mid East military command is not the only area that needed bracing. You and your court of miscreants are anticipating an attack on your imperial monarchy. So a decision had to be made. It was time to fish or cut bait for your legal counsel Harriet Miers. So
Miers unexpectedly quit this week. Miers’ has been a lame duck since October 27, 2005 when she wisely withdrew her nomination for the Supreme Court even after you claimed that she would make one heck of a good Supreme Court justice.

As a frat boy you treated Miers as you treated many others in your fold as fraternity “legacies.” But, her surprise departure shows that although she was a loyal subject she was not good enough to fight off the empowered Democrat– wolves who are looking for your hide. So you have had to troll the nether-world of our nation’s legal sewers for junk-yard dogs to handle the flurry of subpoenas you are anticipating for all your illegal royal decrees.

You seem to want to shuffle the deck chairs on the Titanic, as part of providing the public a suitable show of “real concern” and a “change of plan”
You want Zalmay Khalilzad, Cheney’s buddy and your present ambassador to Iraq to become the new U.S. envoy to the United Nations. John Bolton’s reckless behavior at the UN last year guaranteed his impending rejection by Congress, so now you are gambling that you can get another neocon to take his place.

John Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, will become the number two official at the State Department. Cheney and Rummy’s constant interference along with Condi’s ineptness have left the State department in complete disarray. Negroponte has only had limited success at consolidating the spy agencies he was entrusted with, so what the heck.

Negroponte will be replaced by retired Vice Adm. Michael McConnell and Ryan Crocker, now ambassador to Pakistan, would succeed him in Baghdad.

As your track record has proven, you are always more interested in political solutions instead of real answers. Your moral flexibility has made you an empty shell of a man with no compassion, no empathy, and no soul. So you are content with merely providing the perception of providing “answers,” while the country is dying of thirst for leadership you are happy to only offer them sand.

Face it junior, your only real goal now is to preserve some type of legacy despite your fiascos, so you will probably want to either shift the blame to Democrats or stretch the war out as long as you can until you can pass it on to the next president. This may not curry much favor with many Republicans up for re-election, but hey, you might salve some of those wounds by raising campaign money for them.

America is wising up junior, and they are beyond your normal smoke and mirror diversions. It will be interesting to see how far you will push the Democrats before the threaten Impeachment.

You might want to amend those New Years resolutions junior, to include some kind of mental health break because the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

January 6, 2007 6:12:37 AM CST

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