December 13th. 2006
Sent to but not published in the New York Times

The Decider Vacillates

So the great decider, cannot decide what to do in Iraq. George Bush's aphorism "I'm the decider" was a paraphrase of Harry Truman's "The buck stops here." As Bush shilly-shallies, young men and women are dying in Iraq. If he cannot decide in a timely fashion, the President should take to heart another of Truman's sayings "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." He should step down and let his Vice-President take the decisions -- if he is not doing so already.

Perhaps Cheney with his impeccable marksmanship could go Iraq and lead some patrols in person, to compensate for the more important priorities he had during the Vietnam era. There is a precedent. The neo-cons' darling, Winston Churchill, after being ousted from the Cabinet commanded a regiment in the trenches during World War I.