The culture of an american governing administration is ultimately set by the president.
bush’s appearance on Arab television and the public ackowledgement of his alleged displeasure with rumsfeld are fairly transparent attempts to deflect our eyes from where the buck stops.
It is long past time for bush to start publically acknowledging his responsibility.
Via The Rittenhouse Review.
Update: Jacob Levy argues:
If Bush genuinely thinks Rumsfeld failed him and failed to fulfill his own responsibilities, then surely the time has finally come to demand Rumsfeld’s resignation. If not, then an authorized public humiliation is unjustified. This looks like Bush attempting to deflect responsbility away from himself– “The buck stops with that guy”– while simultaneously refusing to demand that Rumsfeld take responsibility. It’s petulant and childish.