In a preview of Thursday’s speech, President Bush lays out his “return on success” plan for bringing troops home (though the meaning of “success” is unclear), discusses the Iraqi government’s progress (and lack thereof) in meeting its goals, and insists that “the success of a free Iraq is critical” to America’s security.
Whatever political party you belong to, whatever your position on Iraq, we should be able to agree that America has a vital interest in preventing chaos and providing hope in the Middle East. We should be able to agree that we must defeat al-Qaida, counter Iran, help the Afghan government, work for peace in the Holy Land, and strengthen our military so we can prevail in the struggle against terrorists and extremists.
So tonight I want to speak to members of the United States Congress: Let us come together on a policy of strength in the Middle East. I thank you for providing crucial funds and resources for our military. And I ask you to join me in supporting the recommendations General Petraeus has made, and the troop levels he has asked for.