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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

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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