The Follow-Ups That Never Get Asked
(Photo via AP/Ron Edmonds, whose portfolio throughout the Bush Administration has been excellent. Great eye.)
Direct quotes from George Bush at today's press conference:
"I'm willing to follow a path that will lead to victory…"
"…put a path in place that will lead to success."
"We'll accomplish our objectives."
And what would that path be, exactly?
What are those objectives — can you list them in detail, along with the steps you plan on taking to achieve them?
More than three years after starting this mess in Iraq, can you give the American public any idea — any at all — as to when we plan on starting down that "path"?
Since you've started saying that we need to expand the military (and, btw, how do we plan on doing that in a voluntary military when we are barely meeting recruiting goals now?), what exactly are the plans going to be since we'll be exposing even more young Americans to bullets and IEDs and such in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere? Please explain to the American public why you think expanding the military is the best plan at a time when you say we are "not winning" in Iraq.
How do you define "making progress"? You seem to say that a lot, but I'd really like for you to define what that means to you — because I am not certain that either the American public or folks in Congress or even folks in your Administration know quite what you mean by that.
Clearly someone needs to restock the White House magnetic speechwriting kit…