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Ear to the Ground

Bush Stalls on New Strategy

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Posted on Dec 12, 2006
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The president has delayed a speech announcing possible changes in his Iraq strategy because, according to White House press secretary Tony Snow, he didn’t feel it was ready. Snow was careful to say that didn’t mean Bush was planning last-minute changes. Does that mean an ineffective strategy should remain in place, with the death toll mounting, because the rhetoric needs work?


BBC:

President George W Bush will delay his announcement of possible changes to US policy in Iraq until after the new year, the White House has confirmed.

The speech - which had been expected before Christmas - was “not ready yet”, White House spokesman Tony Snow said.

The news comes as Mr Bush held a second day of talks with top US and Iraqi officials on the Iraq issue.

The talks follow a recent report on US policy in Iraq that called for urgent action to stop “a slide towards chaos”.

The high-level review by the Iraq Study Group (ISG) published last week said the current US strategy of staying the course was no longer viable.

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By Rodney Matthews, December 16, 2006 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment
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Bush has a plan,it’s robbing the U.S. Tresury so that Halliburton and all of his crony contractor friends can continue to reap billions while our brave men and women come home missing limbs, or worse,in coffins. No one in their right mind will ever get elected President supporting Bushes policies. So he’ll stall and leave troops in Iraq so they can blame the Iraq failure on the next President reguardless if it’s a democrat or republican. Karl Rove already has it planned out, Do whatever is necessary to preserve the Bush legacy by blameing others for his Iraq failures at the expense of our national debt and the lives of soldiers. That’s why we will continue to stay the course now called the new way foward, and keep 100,000 troups in Iraq until Bush leaves office or the Democrats get a set of balls and cut off the funding for the war.

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By mark, December 13, 2006 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment
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Last week Maliki told Bush to stand down. Today the Saudis tell Bush to stand up. What will the ‘decider’ do?

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By Quy Tran, December 13, 2006 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment
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He stalls on everything even how to teach his kids to be well manned and educated. Sorry for Iraq new strategy because he’s busy with booze.

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By Radmeister, December 13, 2006 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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Why should bush change course? His crony friends in the war profiteering business are making millions and billions while U.S. soldiers die? I charge that is why he went in there in the first place. Read John Dos Passos: “The U.S.A.” His administration is not only a catastrophic failure, it is criminal. I want them all brought up on charges and investigated and when all is said and done that they pay for their crimes.

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By DennisD, December 13, 2006 at 9:45 am Link to this comment
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There will be no changes because there never was a strategy. Bush’s pride and ego will overcome any rationality or sense of guilt. The blame for the continuation of the war will shift to the Democrats if they pass the appropriations bill.
George has never cleaned up his own mess his entire life and he has no intention of doing it now.
I wonder how many “shrinks” Tony Snow must see after each news conference. It’s OK to lie Tony, it’s not really lying lets call it spinning, feel better now.
I’ll just add the bill to the national debt, no one will notice.

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By ranger tommy, December 13, 2006 at 9:13 am Link to this comment
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Three thoughts:

1.  How in the world could Bush think that there is a potentially “positive” or “victorious” outcome to something so foolishly ventured in the first place?

2.  Even given the first question, how could a man who had only been out of the country twice in his life (prior to his “election”),  and who was literally unaware of the difference between Sunni and Shia, dare to suggest that he knows better about what to do than others with more experience in, and knowledge of, the region?

3.  Why is he still in Washington?  At what point will the checks and balances kick in in any meaningful way?

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By HeadlessHessian, December 13, 2006 at 8:38 am Link to this comment
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Making any change would be an admition that he F’up.  And you know Bushie does not make mistakes.  So..nothing will change.  They will use all kinds of spin and euphemism to try and disguise that there were no changes.  That being the case ‘08 will be a landslide to the Dems.  Unfortunately the ones paying the price are still in Iraq.
I hate this man.

Headless

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By chuck, December 13, 2006 at 8:09 am Link to this comment
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Horrible bloodshed every day in Iraq: (12/12/06;12/13/06). Bush got us there. It’s amazing that HE doesn’t know what to do. He has to get eveyone’s ideas. Where are HIS ideas?Probably “stay the course” using a new phrase” GO FORWARD”...Why wait to discuss Iraq after Christmas with all the KILLINGS GOING ON NOW?? He wants this to be his mission as Pres. He has failed & should start pulling troops out of Iraq now. The retoric is not useful at this point. Again, STOP THE BLOODSHED!!!!!! STOP SENDING HUGE MONIES TO IRAQ!! WE ARE GETTING NOWHERE DOESN’T ANYONE SEE THIS???

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By Joe, December 13, 2006 at 6:41 am Link to this comment
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AS though Bush’s speech will change anything except the cosmetics of his failure (again)! It’s not the words, but the actions that follow that will determine whether or not he “stays the course.” Meanwhile the death toll of American service people continues!

Whose advice is he seeking now? Only that of his syncophants! Experts indeed!

Hopefully, the “I” word hasn’t dropped from the democrats vocabulary - it seems like only starting the “I” process will change things. However, it is right to be hesitant in this regard since the backup is “One Shot” Cheney!

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By faith, December 12, 2006 at 10:36 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Bush has a penchant for not interrupting his personal vacation plans.  I guess it is more important that he enjoy his Christmas, than to make efforts to get our troops home immediately.  After all, a week or two delay will only cost several dozen more young men and women returning from military duty in the middle east their arms, legs, and eyes.  Mr. Bush is a shameful human being.  He will live the rest of his days in disgrace for the carnage that he has reaped.  But the young men and women injured will go through the rest of their lives in pain and suffering.

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By Hank Van den Berg, December 12, 2006 at 8:13 pm Link to this comment
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Of course Bush will stall.  He will stall for two more years!  In the meantime, he will fool the Congress into funding the war by claiming the $160 billion is needed “to protect the troops.”  Nothing will happen unless the Democrats and some reasonable Republicans refuse to allocate the money.  Any bets of that heppening?

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By vet240, December 12, 2006 at 6:51 pm Link to this comment
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I told the Democratic National Committee that Bush would continue to stall on the issue of Iraq. Bush plans on our troops still being on the ground in Iraq when he leaves office. That will be assured if the Democrats are stupid enough to support the next appropriations bill that has 170 Billion more dollars for the military. If the Dems pass that Bill we can kiss our Democracy goodby. The Two party system renders us all helpless.

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