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Gayle in MD
04-01-2007, 09:53 AM
April 1, 2007
Ex-Aide Says He’s Lost Faith in Bush
By JIM RUTENBERG
AUSTIN, Tex., March 29 — In 1999, Matthew Dowd became a symbol of George W. Bush’s early success at positioning himself as a Republican with Democratic appeal.

A top strategist for the Texas Democrats who was disappointed by the Bill Clinton years, Mr. Dowd was impressed by the pledge of Mr. Bush, then governor of Texas, to bring a spirit of cooperation to Washington. He switched parties, joined Mr. Bush’s political brain trust and dedicated the next six years to getting him to the Oval Office and keeping him there. In 2004, he was appointed the president’s chief campaign strategist.

Looking back, Mr. Dowd now says his faith in Mr. Bush was misplaced.

In a wide-ranging interview here, Mr. Dowd called for a withdrawal from Iraq and expressed his disappointment in Mr. Bush’s leadership.

He criticized the president as failing to call the nation to a shared sense of sacrifice at a time of war, failing to reach across the political divide to build consensus and ignoring the will of the people on Iraq. He said he believed the president had not moved aggressively enough to hold anyone accountable for the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, and that Mr. Bush still approached governing with a “my way or the highway” mentality reinforced by a shrinking circle of trusted aides.

“I really like him, which is probably why I’m so disappointed in things,” he said. He added, “I think he’s become more, in my view, secluded and bubbled in.”

In speaking out, Mr. Dowd became the first member of Mr. Bush’s inner circle to break so publicly with him.

He said his decision to step forward had not come easily. But, he said, his disappointment in Mr. Bush’s presidency is so great that he feels a sense of duty to go public given his role in helping Mr. Bush gain and keep power.

Mr. Dowd, a crucial part of a team that cast Senator John Kerry as a flip-flopper who could not be trusted with national security during wartime, said he had even written but never submitted an op-ed article titled “Kerry Was Right,” arguing that Mr. Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and 2004 presidential candidate, was correct in calling last year for a withdrawal from Iraq.

“I’m a big believer that in part what we’re called to do — to me, by God; other people call it karma — is to restore balance when things didn’t turn out the way they should have,” Mr. Dowd said. “Just being quiet is not an option when I was so publicly advocating an election.”

Mr. Dowd’s journey from true believer to critic in some ways tracks the public arc of Mr. Bush’s political fortunes. But it is also an intensely personal story of a political operative who at times, by his account, suppressed his doubts about his professional role but then confronted them as he dealt with loss and sorrow in his own life.

In the last several years, as he has gradually broken his ties with the Bush camp, one of Mr. Dowd’s premature twin daughters died, he was divorced, and he watched his oldest son prepare for deployment to Iraq as an Army intelligence specialist fluent in Arabic. Mr. Dowd said he had become so disillusioned with the war that he had considered joining street demonstrations against it, but that his continued personal affection for the president had kept him from joining protests whose anti-Bush fervor is so central.

Mr. Dowd, 45, said he hoped in part that by coming forward he would be able to get a message through to a presidential inner sanctum that he views as increasingly isolated. But, he said, he holds out no great hope. He acknowledges that he has not had a conversation with the president.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/01/washington/01adviser.html?_r=1&hp=&adxnnl=0&oref=slogin&adxnn lx=1175368218-cyyjPeRPtD7iIVo8lP6hOw&pagewanted=print

Qtec
04-01-2007, 11:50 AM
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Ex-Aide Says He’s Lost Faith in Bush <hr /></blockquote>

I don't believe you! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Its just not possible. /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Q

Gayle in MD
04-01-2007, 04:35 PM
LMAO /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Dagwood
04-30-2007, 04:34 PM
BTW, I just wanted to point out, (haven't had a chance to actually post about this until now), that the Mr. Matthew Dowd who is referenced to in this article, I'm in the same platoon as his son. Kind of caught me by suprise, as I didn't know his father had those kind of connections. Thought some of you may be interested...

Dags /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Qtec
04-30-2007, 07:41 PM
Hi Dags. Good to hear from you.
Just wondering, has your tour been extended? Are you still in Afgahnistan?

Take care man.

Q

Gayle in MD
05-01-2007, 06:08 AM
Hi Dags, and thanks. That is interesting to know.

What's going on with you. I hope you're home for good.

Take care Dags...

Love,
gayle

Dagwood
05-01-2007, 07:12 AM
Sorry about the absence. I've been lurking for a while now, but with the political atmosphere in here, it's tough to get a word in when you really don't feel overly strongly either way. I've been back from Afghanistan since Nov. 21st of last year. Things were looking good for me to get out of the military this coming March, but they dropped the bomb on us that we are probably going to be deploying again this November. The good thing, (I guess in a wierd sort of way), is they gave us a chance to get out of the unit before this happens, IF we re-enlist. So instead of getting out in March, (which wouldn't have happened if we deployed anyways. I would have been extended for 14 months involuntarily), I signed for 3 years from last Friday. It's only going to end up being about 12 months past what I would have been in for if I would have deployed with this unit, I get to move (supposedly) to a better place, and they'll throw some $$ at me too. Civilian life can wait a few more years I guess. *sigh* Other than that, things are going ok....lol.

Dags

Dagwood
05-01-2007, 07:12 AM
Sorry about the absence. I've been lurking for a while now, but with the political atmosphere in here, it's tough to get a word in when you really don't feel overly strongly either way. I've been back from Afghanistan since Nov. 21st of last year. Things were looking good for me to get out of the military this coming March, but they dropped the bomb on us that we are probably going to be deploying again this November. The good thing, (I guess in a wierd sort of way), is they gave us a chance to get out of the unit before this happens, IF we re-enlist. So instead of getting out in March, (which wouldn't have happened if we deployed anyways. I would have been extended for 14 months involuntarily), I signed for 3 years from last Friday. It's only going to end up being about 12 months past what I would have been in for if I would have deployed with this unit, I get to move (supposedly) to a better place, and they'll throw some $$ at me too. Civilian life can wait a few more years I guess. *sigh* Other than that, things are going ok....lol.

Dags

Gayle in MD
05-01-2007, 07:20 AM
Do I have this right, you're being extended an extra year beyond the amount of time for which you agreed to serve, and have no say about it?

Gayle in Md.

wolfdancer
05-01-2007, 10:36 AM
Say what's going on here?....no counter charges being posted about this "liberal", "traitor"

Dagwood
05-02-2007, 07:47 AM
LOL...we give Dan a bit of hell about it, but it's all in good fun. He said his father didn't have anything to do with advising on policy, but was a political advisor...i.e. basically an image consultant for lack of a better term. That's all I'll say as far as that's concerned, as I'm not going to drag a personal relationship I have with one of the soldiers in my charge into a political discussion online, as it would all be third hand information, and asking for trouble. Sorry.

Dags

Dagwood
05-02-2007, 07:59 AM
Well, the way it goes is this...as of right now, no I'm not extended involuntarily. BUT, 90 days from the end of the month that we are to deploy, (in this case November, so November 30th, go back 90 days, August 30th), if you are still in the unit, you are put on a "stop move/stop loss". Basically that means that the Army has "locked" you into the unit through the end of the deployment cycle, that being 90 days leading up to the deployment, and 90 days after you return. My ETS (End term of service) date was March 2, 2008. So if we were to deploy in November for 15 months, I would have had to stay in this unit, deploy with them, and wait 90 days after we got back, being sometime in April or May 2009, to get out of the military.

The reason they do this, btw, is so that they can be sure that the unit deploying does not lose vital personnel just before the deployment, which would hurt their mission readiness and endanger lives. I can't say that I totally disagree with it, as we ARE hurting right now for people. But I just happen to be in a position where I would be caught up in it. By re-enlisting, I get a cash bonus for the time that I would be serving involuntarily if I didn't re-up, and get to move to a different unit, to a better location, (Louisiana sucks ass..at least west central LA does), and where I'm going, will be able to re-establish contacts for post military employment. Given the situation, I can't really complain too much; though I would have much rather just had gotten out of the military on time without the prospect of a deployment hanging over my head. Hope that clears it up Gayle.

Dags

Gayle in MD
05-03-2007, 07:37 AM
Thanks Dags, and I guess you can guess how I feel about the incredible sacrifice you're being asked to make,.... my hat goes off to you, and you have my very best wishes for your safety, and well being.

I think of your often....

Love,
Gayle