And one of the reasons why it's important for me to continue to speak out and explain why we have a strategy for victory, why we can succeed. And I'm going to say it again, if I didn't believe we could succeed, I wouldn't be there. I wouldn't put those kids there.That’s what the Iraq war is to this guy – trading someone else’s kids for a victory. Well, the chance for a victory anyway!
And what does a victory in Iraq look like? Is it an end to world terrorism? No! Is it making the world safer? No! According to Bush’s own theory that “the world changed on 9/11,” terrorism will continue indefinitely. At this point, a victory in Iraq looks like little more than the current insurgents crying “uncle” and, at least temporarily, moving out of Iraq. But they will move somewhere else, and wherever they end up, Bush’s “strategy” has only served to increased their numbers.
But hey, everybody loves a winner - even the winner of a hollow, meaningless victory. Except, perhaps, the parents whose kids were traded to get it!
And although he repeatedly talked about his “strategy for victory,” Bush basically admitted during the following exchange that it won’t actually happen on his watch.
Essentially, the President has tipped us off that he really has no “strategy for victory.” His is a strategy to ensure that he is able to blame a future President for bringing the troops home, in an outcome that was inevitable from the day he chose to invade Iraq. And while our President plays “run out the clock” until the “blame baton” can be passed to the next President, he’s still willing to trade more parents’ kids!
Q Will there come a day -- and I'm not asking you when, not asking for a timetable -- will there come a day when there will be no more American forces in Iraq?
THE PRESIDENT: That, of course, is an objective, and that will be decided by future Presidents and future governments of Iraq.
A final quote from today’s press conference, although sounding rather inane on its own, summed up the Bush Legacy, with the addition of a short qualifier that he could have added to the end:
we realized on September the 11th, 2001, that killers could destroy innocent life . . . .. . . . and use the pretext of war to get away with it!