Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Bush speech tonight

Bush to admit Iraq mistakes, boost troop numbers: official:
"U.S. President George W. Bush will tell the nation Wednesday night he will send more than 20,000 additional American forces to Iraq, acknowledging that it had been a mistake earlier not to have more American and Iraqi troops fighting the war, a senior administration official said.

Seeking support for a retooled strategy to win support for the unpopular war, the president also will acknowledge that the rules of engagement were flawed, White House counsellor Dan Bartlett said.

For a little over 20 minutes Wednesday night, Mr. Bush is to explain why a gradual buildup of about 20,000 additional U.S. troops, along with other steps expected to include pumping $1-billion (U.S.) into Iraq's economy, is the answer for a more than three-and-a-half-year-old war that has only gotten deadlier with no end in sight."
Good luck on that, W. Word is at least ten Republicans in the Senate are likely to vote against your plan, so they're saying. The Senate and House will vote on it next week, likely demonstrating the American public's opposition to it.

As for W admitting mistakes? I'll believe it when I see it. The explanation regarding the flawed "rules of engagement" should be quite interesting. What is he going to do, blame the military commanders he has consistently portrayed as the ones he's listening to and giving what they need to do their jobs...?

It's going to be a lonely W for the next few years...