Faced with potential GOP defeat in both chambers, Bush and Cheney aimed to avert that by convincing voters that they cannot risk giving the opposition party any power in Washington.Since we all know what a bang up job Bush has done with his war of choice in Iraq. You can't veer from his conduct of the Iraq war, it's been such a success! He and Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove and the gang have made Iraq a war of which to be proud! Allies and friends around the world applaud his actions! You can't now hand it over to Democratic oversight! They'll mess up such great stewardship!
"However they put it, the Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses," Bush told a raucous crowd of about 5,000 GOP partisans packed in an arena at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, one of his stops Monday. "That's what's at stake in this election. The Democrat goal is to get out of Iraq. The Republican goal is to win in Iraq."
What utter, blatant nonsense he's spewing..."the Republican goal is to win in Iraq" when everyone knows that James Baker and Lee Hamilton's Iraq study group is set to report after the election on options and "winning" is not likely to be part of the equation at all.
A commission formed to assess the Iraq war and recommend a new course has ruled out the prospect of victory for America, according to draft policy options shared with The New York Sun by commission officials.Instead, the group is likely to propose options on a staged withdrawal of troops - the position Bush so gleefully and irresponsibly disdains.
Other thoughts of late on Iraq? John McCain's talking about 20,000 more troops being needed. Rumsfeld says, "back off and relax." John Kerry and military commanders say it's not a military solution that'll do it at all, it's political and diplomatic efforts required. My point here? If someone can figure out what constitutes a "win" when speaking about Iraq and a plan, they deserve a prize of significant estimation. The likely consensus will be that there is no victory to be had, it's too late for such talk.
Bush running around saying that the "Republican goal is to win in Iraq" is a little like a Miss America contestant saying her goal is to achieve world peace. It's the expected stock answer, and it seems like a laudable goal, but, well, it sounds a might naive given the facts staring most rational folks in the face. And frankly, it ain't happening anytime soon.