Going for a St. Crispin’s Day address, Bush channels Walter Mitty

George Bush struggled valiantly today to salvage some credibility for his vision of, and strategy for, a democratic Iraq. During his speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Bush unveiled his National Strategy for Victory in Iraq, stressed the need for additional time and patience, and attempted to quell mounting public and Democratic [...]

Commentary By: Gloria

George Bush struggled valiantly today to salvage some credibility for his vision of, and strategy for, a democratic Iraq. During his speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Bush unveiled his National Strategy for Victory in Iraq, stressed the need for additional time and patience, and attempted to quell mounting public and Democratic opposition.

Turning to criticism at home, Mr. Bush said, ‘œSome are calling for a deadline for withdrawal. The many advocating an artificial timetable for withdrawing are sincere. But I believe they’™re sincerely wrong.

‘Pulling our troops out before they achieve their purpose is not a plan for victory.

‘¦ To all who wear the uniform, I make you this pledge, America will not run in the face of car bombers and assassins so long as I am your commander in chief,’ he declared.

Democratic leaders denounced his speech as long on rhetoric and short on solutions, while Think Progress issued a rapid response to the NSIV.

THE NATIONAL PAT ON THE BACK: The NSIV is less of a strategy and more

of a pat on the back. Much of the 35 pages is devoted to describing how well things are going. Oddly, the strategy declares on Page 5 that “Our Strategy Is Working.” On the economic front we are told, “Our restore, reform, build, strategy is achieving results.” On the political front: “Our Isolate, Engage, and Build strategy is working.” On the security front: “Our clear, hold, and build strategy is working.” With everything going so well, the NSVI reminds us that “change is coming to the region”From Kuwait to Morocco, Jordan, and Egypt, there are stirrings of political pluralism, often for the first time in generations.”

Senior military analysts who foresaw much of the current chaos presented their own report which casts significant doubt that the goals Bush has set, and still claims are achievable, can be met.

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 by Gloria |
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