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Friday, November 17, 2006

Exit Strategy?

The Dems won the House and Senate for two main reasons: corruption (Republican) and Iraq. So all the pollsters say. The US public wants us out of Iraq. So what is Bush's response?

He wants to send more troops, 20,000 more, to try and win this thing.

The man is not very bright. His solution to all domestic problems? More tax cuts for the rich. And for international problems? Send in the troops.

And he is unable (or unwilling) to learn from past mistakes, his or others'. He claims to have learned the lessons of Viet Nam; while visiting there, he spoke of the quagmire in Iraq:

The president said there was much to be learned from the divisive Vietnam War _ the longest conflict in U.S. history _ as his administration contemplates new strategies for the increasingly difficult war in Iraq, now in its fourth year. But his critics see parallels with Vietnam _ a determined insurgency and a death toll that has drained public support _ that spell danger for dragging out U.S. involvement in Iraq.

"It's just going to take a long period of time for the ideology that is hopeful _ and that is an ideology of freedom _ to overcome an ideology of hate," Bush said after having lunch at his lakeside hotel with Australian Prime Minister John Howard, one of America's strongest allies in Iraq, Vietnam and other conflicts.

"We'll succeed," Bush added, "unless we quit."

Is it stupidity, or simply an unwillingness to admit mistakes?

And how many more must die - American servicemen and Iraqi civilians - for his intransigence?

John Kerry was right. This is what happens when you have a poor student, someone who didn't feel studying history was worth the bother, in charge. You get us stuck in Iraq.


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