Sunday, August 14, 2005

Someone Tell the President the War Is Over...

From the Sunday edition of the NYT
by Frank Rich

"LIKE the Japanese soldier marooned on an island for years after V-J Day, President Bush may be the last person in the country to learn that for Americans, if not Iraqis, the war in Iraq is over. "We will stay the course," he insistently tells us from his Texas ranch. What do you mean we, white man?

A president can't stay the course when his own citizens (let alone his own allies) won't stay with him. The approval rate for Mr. Bush's handling of Iraq plunged to 34 percent in last weekend's Newsweek poll - a match for the 32 percent that approved L.B.J.'s handling of Vietnam in early March 1968. (The two presidents' overall approval ratings have also converged: 41 percent for Johnson then, 42 percent for Bush now.) On March 31, 1968, as L.B.J.'s ratings plummeted further, he announced he wouldn't seek re-election, commencing our long extrication from that quagmire. "

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Someone tell the President the War is Over--looks like the pentagon tried to softly say that.....
"For Mr. Bush, questions about an exit strategy in Iraq have become especially delicate as a crowd of antiwar protesters has expanded at the edge of his ranch, rallying around Cindy Sheehan, the California woman whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004.
The Pentagon and the Bush administration have struggled in the past few weeks to calibrate their message on future troop reductions in Iraq.
Just two weeks ago, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top American ground commander in Iraq, reaffirmed to reporters his own statement in March that the Pentagon could make "some fairly substantial reductions" - which others estimated could mean reducing the 138,000 troops by 30,000 - if the political process remained on track and Iraqi forces assumed more responsibility. "

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Anonymous ThomH said...

An excellent article. I just hope he's right.

12:22 PM  

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