Friday, June 09, 2006

Oedipus, schmoedipus

Did 41 try to oust Rumsfeld behind 43's back? Sidney Blumenthal for Salon (registration required):

Former President George H.W. Bush waged a secret campaign over several months early this year to remove Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The elder Bush went so far as to recruit Rumsfeld's potential replacement, personally asking a
retired four-star general if he would accept the position, a reliable source close to the general told me. But the former president's effort failed, apparently rebuffed by the current president. When seven retired generals who had been commanders in Iraq demanded Rumsfeld's resignation in April, the younger Bush leapt to his defense. "I'm the decider and I decide what's best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain," he said. His endorsement of Rumsfeld was a rebuke not only to the generals but also to his father.

The elder Bush's intervention was an extraordinary attempt to rescue simultaneously his son, the family legacy and the country. The current president had previously rejected entreaties from party establishment figures to revamp his administration with new appointments. There was no one left to approach him except his father. This effort to pluck George W. from his troubles is the latest episode in a recurrent drama -- from the drunken young man challenging his father to go "mano a mano," to the father pulling strings to get the son into the Texas Air National Guard and helping salvage his finances from George W.'s mismanagement of Harken Energy. For the father, parental responsibility never ends. But for the son, rebellion continues. When journalist Bob Woodward asked George W. Bush if he had consulted his father before invading Iraq, he replied, "He is the wrong father to appeal to in terms of strength. There is a higher father that I appeal to."

It seems to me that if 41 had had his way, 43 would have been Jeb. I think it was Barbara who pushed W into politics, partly to settle a score the old bitch had with then-governor of Texas Ann Richards, and partly, maybe, to prove to her husband that her beloved first born had the stuff.

Oh, if she'd only let him pursue his life's ambition - to become the baseball commissioner - at that point instead.

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Grant Miller said...

I thought my family was fucked up. Honestly honestly honestly believe GWB would make a reasonable baseball commissioner. No one can screw it up more than Bud Selig. But I guess if anyone could screw it up more, it would be GWB. Still, I would vote for him for commissioner. But I don't get to vote on things like that.

vikkitikkitavi said...

I bet the people in Montreal and Minnesota would like to have W for commissioner.