BUSH DOUBLES DOWN: I just watched Bush's speech...one big thing struck me: Bush went out of his way to take responsibility for the war. He repeatedly talked about "my decision to invade Iraq," even though, of course, it was also Congress's decision. He made very clear that, ultimately, this was his war, and the decisions were his. Why did he do that?From today's New York Times:
Because he thinks we're winning, and he wants credit.
By November 2006, and especially November 2008, he thinks that'll be obvious, and he wants to lay down his marker now on what he believed -- and what the other side did. --- Putz, 12/18/2005
The United States military command in Iraq acknowledged on Thursday that its 12-week-old campaign to win back control of Baghdad from sectarian death squads and insurgents had failed to reduce violence across the city. A spokesman for the command said intensive discussions were under way between American and Iraqi officials on ways to “refocus” the effort, which American officials have placed at the heart of their war strategy.
...Clearly, "the other side" was right, Putz. When are you going to admit this?
“The Iraq situation is not winnable in any real sense of the word ‘winnable,’ ” Richard N. Haass, the former chief of the policy planning operations in the State Department during Mr. Bush’s first term, told reporters on Thursday.
You know, "the other side," the people you repeatedly called defeatists, unserious, terror-emboldening Bush-haters. Bush was wrong, and the war is his responsibilty. He's the Commander-in-Chief. Stop blaming the press and accusing them of aiding the enemy, stop talking about how we're really winning and stop linking to obscure bloggers who insist we are, while the generals in charge are saying otherwise.