I don't think he can wait that long. Something's got to happen, and I think it's got to happen fairly soon. Not only for the sake of the Iraqis, but to maintain confidence in the US.
The Dems are enjoying the fact that the war was so successful they were never called upon to make any decisions about their own positions or do much of anything, until their presidential candidates decided to rewrite their own personal voting histories under the mistaken impression that this would appeal to their base. Well, maybe if their base is a 55 year old single white female librarian in Utica, it might...
But I think Bush has got to stop being intimidated by the Dems. They all shut up and put up when they know they have to, Fat Teddy is about to retire and in any case went way over the line with his "Bush lies" speech, and Bush has just got to do what's right and is going to win this thing.
He talked a lot today about winning the peace, and I thought that was a good thing. But we can't win the peace until we can stop the war.
posted on 10/28/2003 5:35:47 PM PST
It's increasingly clear the Iraqis themselves must assume far greater responsibility for security at a much faster pace. If anything, we're looking to significantly scale back troop levels in the Middle East ASAP. The relatively porous borders with Iran and Syria are a clear indication that we don't have enough forces to secure Iraq's frontiers, let alone launch another invasion.
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