Tuesday :: Jul 10, 2007

Bush: Do It My Way - Or I'll Scare You Some More


by Steve

AP photo of Bush today in Cleveland before a friendly crowd

Bush, December 2006:

(Bush) never seriously considered beginning to withdraw U.S. forces, as urged by newly elected Democratic congressional leaders and the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. And he had grown skeptical of his own military commanders, who were telling him no more troops were needed.
So Bush relied on his own judgment that the best answer was to try once again to snuff out the sectarian violence in Baghdad, even at the risk of putting U.S. soldiers into a crossfire between Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias. When his generals resisted sending more troops, he seemed irritated. When they finally agreed to go along with the plan, he doubled the number of troops they requested.

Bush today:

"I believe that it's in this nation's interests to give the commander a chance to fully implement his operations, and I believe Congress ought to wait for General Petraeus to come back and give us an assessment of the strategy that he's putting in place before they make any decisions," Bush said at a town-hall style appearance.
"That's what the American people expect," he added. "They expect for military people to come back and tell us how the military operations are going, and that's the way I'm going to play it as the commander in chief."

Bush didn't have the commanders in December who would give him the answers he wanted, so he changed commanders. Now that he has the commanders he wants, Bush feels Congress should listen and do whatever Petraeus (Bush) requests demands, even if it costs the GOP the White House and Congress in 2008.

And as if on cue, the Administration plants a story with the reliable ABC News about an Al Qaeda cell that is on its way to the United States. Gee Mr. Bush, how did escalating to 200,000 troops in Iraq make us safer from Al Qaeda?

These guys are so damn predictable.

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