The New York Times has an article dated September 12, 2007, on its website in which the reporters claim that Bush is going to try and portray his so-called troop withdrawal of next summer as a way to bring America together over Iraq. Here is a quote from the article:
With lawmakers openly skeptical of his troop buildup, Mr. Bush will cast his plan for a gradual, limited withdrawal as a way to bring a divided America together — even as he resists demands from those who want him to move much faster.
Now there are all kinds of things wrong with this concept. First, if the United States withdraws the 30,000 troops that were included as part of the surge, that brings us back to where we were before the surge started. Second, the 30,000 troops have to be withdrawn by next summer according to several reports because the Pentagon cannot sustain this kind of commitment. Third, as we noted in an entry posted yesterday, this plan leaves American troops held hostage to decisions made by Iraqis, which we cannot control.
Politically, however, this plan of Bubble-Boy's may work unless Democrats push back with an easily understood counter-message. That message could be that the Republicans are promising an endless troop commitment in the Middle East. Vote Republican for War without End.