Sunday :: Nov 20, 2005

Bush Now Backing Away From Pushback Strategy, Praises Murtha


by Steve

Bush is backing away from the hard attack rhetoric of the past week. He is now trying to shift the debate away from what he and his administration did in the past, to what needs to be done in the future.

Thousands of miles from home, Bush and other White House officials have not let a day go by without a tough counterattack against Democratic critics of the president's Iraq policies. But the president replaced the no-holds-barred approach with a softer tone Sunday.
"I heard somebody say, `Well, maybe so-and-so is not patriotic because they disagree with my position.' I totally reject that thought," Bush said.
"This is not an issue of who's patriotic and who's not patriotic," he said. "It's an issue of an honest, open debate about the way forward in Iraq."
The Iraq war has undercut Americans' confidence in Bush's credibility and his response to terrorism and has helped drop his approval rating to the lowest point of his presidency. Nearly 2,100 members of the U.S. military have died since the Iraq war began in March 2003.
Bush came to the defense of Murtha, the hawkish congressman who has been denounced by Republicans for advocating withdrawal. Bush's own spokesman had compared the combat-decorated Vietnam veteran to war critic-movie producer Michael Moore and suggested Murtha was counseling surrender to terrorists.
On Sunday, Bush called Murtha a "fine man and a good man."
"I know the decision to call for the immediate withdrawal of our troops by Congressman Murtha was done in a careful and thoughtful way," the president said. "I disagree with his position."

Gee, I wonder who got to the president to tell him he was playing a losing hand in this pushback strategy? It's the kind of decision someone would make if they realized that the more they lie, the deeper the hole they dig for themselves becomes. Expect to hear more along the lines of "the way forward" from these guys. If this was supposedly the "Rove is back in charge" strategy, it didn't last long, did it?

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