Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003

This year begins with me dreading an Iraq war. Our military forces and their families are precious to me. To use them when not absolutely necessary would be cavalier and immoral.

Is George Bush now providing a faint hint of hope? Here’s what happened: A reporter in Crawford suggested war is inevitable. What do you make of this reply from Mr. Bush?—

“You say we’re headed to war in Iraq. I don’t know why you suggested that. I’m the person who gets to decide, not you.”

Why would anyone think war is inevitable? Because for months and months, the president has been telling us why there must be regime change. Saddam’s Hitler. He wants nukes, and all that. He’s been selling us on war, and now he wonders why the reporter believes him? Why was Bush’s reaction so testy? And why would he make that strange remark about him deciding, not the reporter?

Aside from that wierdness, is something going on that we don’t yet know about? Maybe we really won’t attack? Or is Bush merely spinning, to make it look like war is only a very-last option, so we’ll appear to be evenhanded. If we do become an aggressor nation with a first strike, all the spin on earth won’t undo that.

American citizens are obviously unconvinced that we must attack. If the president has begun having second thoughts about his war, there indeed is room for hope.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

Washington Times report which includes the above incident is HERE

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