Letter: The U.S. failure in Iraq
George W. Bush isn't so dumb he hasn't realized his war in Iraq was a mistake. When he stopped making boastful remarks like "Bring 'em on," "We don't talk to terrorists," etc., it was a sign that he and his administration were aware they might ha...
George W. Bush isn't so dumb he hasn't realized his war in Iraq was a mistake. When he stopped making boastful remarks like "Bring 'em on," "We don't talk to terrorists," etc., it was a sign that he and his administration were aware they might have made a mistake. Their effort to turn their mistake into a win by creating a democracy for Iraq failed because shortly after its elected officials were installed, the civil war that was developing suddenly escalated instead of subsiding as had been expected.
The Bush administration is well aware they have no control over the outcome of this civil war, or indeed any diplomatic influence in the whole area with our troops being blamed for taking sides, etc. So why not get our soldiers out of there? Answer? Because President Bush has no intention of ending the war.
This is not about politics. This is about a failed policy of force before diplomacy and about a president refusing to admit failure. Bush will never order the troops home. His goal is to prolong his war until he can be relieved of his command by a new administration. Then he can blame it for losing his war because it wasn't willing to continue on.
All the investigations, his many speeches, the arguments about the war, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice running around meeting with foreign dignitaries, etc., all becomes a way to let time go by and sucker the American people into waiting around for something to be done. Bush has already prolonged the war at least a year. He's got two more years to go. Can he do it? Remember, as commander in chief, he is "the decider." He not only can do it, he will do it, unless the people rise up and put an end to this madness.