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Bush's Lonely Decision
WSJ ^ | September 15, 2008

Posted on 09/15/2008 8:21:32 AM PDT by nuconvert

Bush's Lonely Decision

September 15, 2008

Now that even Barack Obama has acknowledged that President Bush's surge in Iraq has "succeeded beyond our wildest dreams," maybe it's time the Democratic nominee gives some thought to how that success actually came about -- not just in Ramadi and Baghdad, but in the bureaucratic Beltway infighting out of which the decision to surge emerged.

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Consider what confronted Mr. Bush in 2006. Following a February attack on a Shiite shrine in the city of Samarra, Iraq's sectarian violence began a steep upward spiral.

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The "Sunni Awakening" of tribal sheiks against al Qaeda was nowhere in sight. An attempt at a minisurge of U.S. and Iraqi forces in Baghdad failed dismally. George Casey, the American commander in Iraq, believed the only way the U.S. could "win" was to "draw down" -- a view shared up the chain of command, including Centcom Commander John Abizaid and then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Politically, the war had become deeply unpopular in an election year that would wipe out Republican majorities in Congress. The bipartisan Iraq Study Group, run by James Baker and Lee Hamilton, was gearing up to offer the President the option of a politically graceful defeat, dressed up as a regional "diplomatic offensive."

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Handed this menu of defeat, Mr. Bush played opposite to stereotype by firing Mr. Rumsfeld and seeking advice from a wider cast of advisers, particularly retired Army General Jack Keane and scholar Fred Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute. The President also pressed the fundamental question of how the war could actually be won, a consideration that seemed to elude most senior members of his government.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; iraq; thewarwithin; woodward; wot; wsj

1 posted on 09/15/2008 8:21:33 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

Leadership means doing what’s right, not what’s easy.

President Bush has always led well.


2 posted on 09/15/2008 8:27:31 AM PDT by stevestras
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To: nuconvert

Yeah, everyone likes to Monday morning QB, but not have to do anything on “Sunday” ....


3 posted on 09/15/2008 8:27:31 AM PDT by BallparkBoys (Palin sure has taken the air outta Obama's tires)
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To: nuconvert
What Bush had on his side was the American people. Not the popularity, because the war and Bush's unpopularity was high, but the knowledge that Americans are not quitters and will accept nothing short of victory.

Basically, W was not going accept defeat.

4 posted on 09/15/2008 8:29:53 AM PDT by frogjerk (MSM: We will not question Obama bin Biden...)
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To: frogjerk

How do you go about sending President Bush a thank you note? I’d like to let him know how much I appreciate the job he has done keeping our country safe.

Does he actually get notes that are sent?


5 posted on 09/15/2008 8:35:15 AM PDT by Proud 2BeTexan
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To: nuconvert

After the 2006 election I felt like I was holding my breath, I was so afraid that the President would give in to the pressure being exerted on him, some of which we could see going on and some of which we could not, and allow our military to lose a fight that we here knew they could win.

He did not give in and I am eternally grateful to him for that.


6 posted on 09/15/2008 8:39:45 AM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: nuconvert

Bush has led honorably. There have been times I criticized him for letting his bully pulpit get dusty, but I believe that history will praise him as the president who first waged war against a nebulus enemy, gave that enemy a name, and began defending our nation again.

I just watched “Obsession” last night. When finished, I asked my husband how we fight militant Islam without going against our 1st amendment guarantees to freedom of religion to all, including Muslims. The best I could come up with would be to come up for a specific term for the militant Muslims and name them as the enemy. Bush did that. He called them terrorists, and declared a war on them for the first time in our nation’s history. For that he lost his popularity, but he did the right thing.


7 posted on 09/15/2008 8:45:00 AM PDT by keats5 ("I hope for his sake, Joe Biden got that VP thing in writing."- Rudy)
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To: stevestras

“There is more to leadership than making noise. One must actually do something; one must accomplish something.”

Rosenberg, “The Last Days”


8 posted on 09/15/2008 8:46:22 AM PDT by enat
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To: AdmSmith; freedom44; Valin; sionnsar; Pan_Yans Wife; Army Air Corps; GOPJ

pong


9 posted on 09/15/2008 8:49:42 AM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists// Rove>Biden is a Big,Blowhard Dufus)
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To: All

The President’s approval rating is more a reflection of the media’s relentless hostility and libel than the President’s real record.

The British population voted Winston Churchill out of office a few months after the end WWII in Europe.

If McCain is elected and can lead us to victory in Iraq and continue the President’s push back against the Islamic radicals, history and the American people will give him the respect and gratitude he deserves.


10 posted on 09/15/2008 9:01:49 AM PDT by Jonah Johansen ("Coming soon to a neighborhood near you")
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To: Bahbah
He did not give in and I am eternally grateful to him for that.

Amen, sister. I'm right there with ya.


11 posted on 09/15/2008 9:02:33 AM PDT by rdb3 (Man, why can't life always be this easy?)
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To: nuconvert; red irish; nutmeg; neverdem; Ernest_at_the_Beach; PhilDragoo; kcvl; backhoe; ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2082722/posts

Obama Tried to Stall Iraq Withdrawal
New York Post ^ | September 15 | Amir Tahen

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2008 8:21:05 AM by red irish

http://www.againstobama.com/2008/09/obama-tried-


12 posted on 09/15/2008 9:12:11 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (I do not want to know the type of person, who does not like Sarah Palin!)
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To: Bahbah; rdb3; keats5

Please allow me to add my simple Amen to your sentiment ... Our President is a true leader. The leftist media hate that since it is not their demigod democrats sitting the Oral office. The fifth column press has been showing their perfidy, and now they’re actually stepping it up so blatantly that it is unavoidably obvious!


13 posted on 09/15/2008 9:26:48 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: nuconvert

14 posted on 09/15/2008 9:27:37 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (I do not want to know the type of person, who does not like Sarah Palin!)
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To: stevestras

BTTT


15 posted on 09/15/2008 9:31:33 AM PDT by 1035rep (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: stevestras

Yes, he has. Hope McCain is truly the maverick he claims to be. I would say President Bush is the true maverick in all this...ignoring his enemies in DC...doing what’s truly best for this country...can McCain do that...doing what’s best for this country?


16 posted on 09/15/2008 9:36:35 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Jonah Johansen
The President’s approval rating is more a reflection of the media’s relentless hostility and libel than the President’s real record.

Yeah, What was it the media said during the 2004 election? President Bush has low approval ratings, the war is unpopular, blah, blah, blah. Yet, he won reelection with the most votes in history.

17 posted on 09/15/2008 9:44:53 AM PDT by 1035rep (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: Grampa Dave

Read this article this am and saw the Obamination’s meddling earlier. That should put a stake in his heart.


18 posted on 09/15/2008 10:45:45 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: nuconvert

20 years from now President Bush will be remembered as one of the greatest President ever. He changed the course of history in a profound way and toward the better. Only a handful of Presidents have left such a deep impact on the history of human events.


19 posted on 09/15/2008 10:49:21 AM PDT by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: jveritas

“We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.”

President George Bush is a man of his word.


20 posted on 09/15/2008 10:55:38 AM PDT by 21twelve (Don't wish for peace. Pray for Victory.)
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To: Proud 2BeTexan

Just send it to the White House, he’ll get it and I’m sure he would appreciate it very much. I think that I’ll do the same.


21 posted on 09/15/2008 11:01:28 AM PDT by BlueAngel (Katy, Tx)
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To: All

bump!


22 posted on 09/15/2008 1:49:01 PM PDT by Smogger (It's the WOT Stupid)
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To: nuconvert

btt


23 posted on 09/15/2008 2:34:51 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: stevestras
Leadership means doing what’s right, not what’s easy. President Bush has always led well.

LOL...Bush fought the surge tooth and nail until it was no longer possible to remain optimistic about the Cheney-Rumsfeld/Casey-Abasaid strategy for the war.

24 posted on 09/15/2008 4:57:49 PM PDT by meandog (please pray for future President McCain, day minus 138-Jan. 20--and counting)))
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