Tuesday, March 21, 2006

 

We're in Iraq for the long haul

Today Bush held a press conference in which he was asked about the Iraq War:
Bush, struggling to rebound from low job approval ratings that he blamed largely on the war, was asked at a news conference if there would come a time when no U.S. troops are in Iraq. "That, of course, is an objective. And that will be decided by future presidents and future governments of Iraq," said Bush, who will be president until January 2009.
It looks like we'll have troops in Iraq until 2009 at the very least. But, see, permanent bases in Iraq was part of the neocon plan. The theory goes that a strong US military presence in Iraq would encourage democracy to flourish. It also means we don't have to rely on Saudi Arabia for bases. Plus there's lots of oil in Iraq. Still it's amazing to see the president refuse to back down from his obviously failed foreign policy. Average Americans can tell Iraq is a no-win situation, but the president can't. But perhaps the president's obdurate refusal to acknowledge his own mistakes will lead to good. As his approval ratings plummet because of the war (and a myriad of other gaffes), Bush's refusal to withdraw US troops from Iraq might lead to Democrat victories at the 2006 mid-term elections. Then we can begin to foster democracy in the United State.
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