Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Straying from the course

The White House says that not only is "stay the course" not our Iraq strategy, but it never has been.

Think Progress begs to differ.


At 10:27 AM, Blogger tom47 said...

Of course we will stay the course.


At 3:12 PM, Blogger TRBlog said...

Madison - A group running negative ads against Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Green landed more than $700,000 over two months from unions and a Democratic group, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported today.

More later on this, I'm sure!

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Bloviatius said...

I find it really intriguing that President Bush is backtracking so hard these days in an effort not to lose his final congress. He has always favored staying the course. Of course he has. And we, who have declaimed that strategy, have always been loudly decried as unpatriotic for suggesting otherwise.

I had the opportunity to visit the George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Museum and Library in College Station, Texas last week, and I was taken aback by a handwritten letter that then-President Bush sent to his children on the eve of the Gulf War.

In one of his comments he noted that Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye came up to him and told him that he (Inouye) would support him, but he (Bush) had better make it a quick war - that if it prolonged, if it drifted into mission creep and malaise, if it lasted for more than six months of conflict, the President would be summarily impeached.

President Bush's response was telling. He said in response simply that he should be (impeached).

Hence he kept the War brief.

Perhaps too brief in hindsight to achieve the political and military objectives that persisted, but he recognized the need to minimize the number of civilian and military casualties on both sides, and felt that Inouye's comment was justified.

Now that we are years into the Gulf W. War... I wonder now if George W. ever read that letter...


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