“Unprepared for war”? That admission won’t help him in the final weeks. I think it’s also inaccurate. The Bush administration was prepared for war in Iraq, but they were not prepared for the occupation that followed. If he’s referring to 9/11, he was just as prepared for that as the Clinton administration, and for the same reasons. No one wanted to believe we were already at war with Islamist terrorists — and some people refuse to believe it even today. John Edwards called the war on terror a “bumper sticker”, and unfortunately he’s hardly alone.
And, with Captain Ed defending Bush even when Bush will not defend himself, you have the the last eight years of the disintegrating credibility of movement Republicanism in a nutshell. A little bit of war triumphalism, a shot at the Clenis and a dig at “teh left,” and the repeated knowing refrain that only a few people really get it (Ed included) and truly understand the nature of the “threat” we all face. All of that in one paragraph, which is truly an impressive feat.
If wankery had an award, this post from Ed would deserve the equivalent of the Pulitzer.