NATIONAL SECURITY GAMES….It looks like George Bush has changed his mind and now plans to ask for additional war funding right away. Here’s how it went down:

[Administration officials] presented the proposal today to top congressional Republicans, including House Speaker Dennis Hastert (Ill.) and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.), at a meeting at the Capitol. Also attending were Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Rep. C. W. Bill Young, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

That would be fine for a normal domestic appropriations bill. But if Iraq is really the crucial threat to national security that Bush says it is, wouldn’t a bipartisan approach be best? Isn’t this precisely the kind of thing that the president should try to keep from being a mere partisan football?

Fat chance, I know. Still, wouldn’t it would be nice if we had a president who actually took national security seriously, rather than using it ? for about the hundredth time ? as just another cheap partisan gimmick?