Left: Midshipmen catch naps as they wait for more than an hour for U.S. President George W. Bush to deliver his address. Right: U.S. President George W. Bush stands after delivering an address on the war in Iraq at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, November 30, 2005. Both photos: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
“Some critics continue to assert that we have no plan in Iraq except to `stay the course. If by ‘stay the course’ they mean we will not allow the terrorists to break our will, they’re right. If by `stay the course’ they mean we will not permit al Qaida to turn Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban, a safe haven for terrorists and a launching pad for attacks on America, they’re right as well. If by `stay the course’ they mean that we’re not learning from our experience or adjusting our tactics to meet the challenges on the ground, then they’re flat wrong.”
— your Dear Leader, trying to pump himself up.
Seriously, this was a pageant of delusion. The “The 35-page fighting strategy” document, titled National Strategy for Victory in Iraq is surely a mind-numbing affair of spin and blather. I expect we will see even more staged events like this meant to stroke the ego of this mentally ill, feeble man, as much as it is to rally the faithful.
Look at this meaningless hot-air passage that tells you nothing about actual plans:
“We expect, but cannot guarantee that our force posture will change over the next year, as the political process advances and Iraqi security forces grow and gain experience…While our military presence may become less visible, it will remain lethal and decisive, able to confront the enemy wherever it may organize.”
Think Progress, as usual, has sliced and diced it well. Check it out.
* Michael Stickings at The Reaction – Divide and conquer: Bush’s new strategy to win in Iraq and at home