Kash has been doing a very good job of keeping us abreast of some real reporting on the sad state of affairs in Iraq. When I saw the title of this article, which was, “Bush, Rumsfeld: Iraq Strategy is Working”, I thought that it would be nothing more than the tired old White House talking points:
President Bush said Tuesday that “it would be a terrible mistake” to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq and that politics should not play any part in a decision about withdrawal. “We will make decisions about troops levels based upon the capability of the Iraqis to take the fight to the enemy,” Bush said in El Paso, Texas. “I will make decisions on the level of troops based upon the recommendations of commanders on the ground.” The argument against withdrawal was echoed in Washington by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who said quitting the war would allow insurgents to prevail and put the United States “at still greater risk.” “Quitting is not an exit strategy,” Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon news conference. On the other hand, Rumsfeld made clear that the time has arrived to wean the Iraqis of their dependence on American support for security – whether it’s guarding Iraq’s borders or protecting its power plants.
I know, I know – HOHUM. So let’s hear from a Democratic Senator:
Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., who recently visited Iraq, said Tuesday, “I’d like the president tomorrow to restate our goals and begin to let the American people know we’ve got a plan. And as I found last week, I believe the plan is working,” he said. Lieberman also warned against withdrawing U.S. forces too soon.
Unbelievable! We Democrats rightfully complain that too few Republican Senators speak up against the dishonesty from this White House in their very politicized conduct of the Iraq mess. But maybe we should start complaining about those Senate Democrats who have clearly had too much Kool Aid.