Friday, May 11, 2007

Bush Blinks, What's Next?

At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, the Kennedy White House got its first indication that the Soviet Union would not challenge the U.S. blockade of Cuba and thus avert a nuclear war.

"We've been eyeball to eyeball," Secretary of State Dean said, "and the other fellow just blinked."

Yesterday, in the confrontation between the President and Congress over funding the war in Iraq, George W. Bush finally blinked.

“It makes sense to have benchmarks as a part of our discussion on how to go forward,” he said. Even as he threatened to veto the new bill after a Pentagon briefing, the President said he had instructed White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten to reach “common ground” with lawmakers of both parties to set firm goals for measuring progress in Iraq.

The Democrats may want to remember how President Kennedy reacted to his breakthrough: Move ahead quickly to agree on details and, above all, no gloating

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