posted on May, 25 2006 @ 10:31 PM
The "new" Bush. Act nice, Geo, Karl Rove said. Admit you have made mistakes. Geo W said, "do I hafta?" You decide. With the House now up for
grabs, and should the Dems capture it, Geo W will be looking for some hard times like he has not known since he went 'missing' in Alabama, lo those
many years ago. With Daddy-War-Bucks now out of service, Geo W may have to do his own covering over the mess. And for that, he has not been too
The Dems need to make a net gain of 15 seats to win the House. Even with Geo W in the low 30s approval wise, it will not be easy since the great
majority of seats are, DeLay style, gerrymandered in favor of the incumbent. The Dems will have to poll 55+% of the popular vote to gain 50.1% of the
Let’s go to W-DC. President Bush admitted Thursday that his bellicose "bring 'em on" taunt to the Iraqi insurgents was a big mistake. Bush and
British Prime Minister Tony Blair carefully avoided setting a timetable for removing coalition forces from Iraq.
Meeting when a new Iraqi government offers the promise of a way out of an unpopular war that has damaged both leaders’ standing at home. Bush and
Blair were calmly reflective on some of the grievous errors critics say has intensified anti-American sentiment in the Middle East and elsewhere
around the world including South America.
It was in July 2003, when the tough-talking Texan (154 executons, a record) responded to a question about the growing Iraqi insurgency by saying
"bring 'em on." In a joint news conference with Blair, after three years of war that has killed more than 2,400 Americans and thousands of Iraqis,
Bush said that remark was "kind of tough talk, you know, that sent the wrong message to people."
"I learnt some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner, you know. Wanted, dead or alive; that kind of talk. I
think in certain parts of the world it was misinterpreted," he said. [Misinterpreted? I think not.]
Bush said the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal was "the biggest mistake that's happened so far, at least from our country's involvement in Iraq. We've
been paying for that for a long period of time," Bush admitted. Blair said the effort to rid Iraq's army of members of Saddam Hussein's Baathists
could have been done better. "I think it's easy to go back over mistakes that we have made. But the biggest reason why Iraq has been difficult is
the opponents determination to defeat us. I don't think we should be surprised at that," Blair said.
Both leaders foresee real difficulties immediately ahead as Iraq’s new government works to improve the competency of Iraq’s security forces and to
move them into more territory. Blair said "over the next few months there will be a real attempt by the anti-democratic forces to test them very,
very strongly." Bush agreed Baghdad needs a more effective police force.
Gen. George Casey, the US top commander in Iraq, met with Iraq’s new Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Thursday to plan how to improve joint security
operations in the capital. "It is very important that Baghdad, the capital city, become a lot more secure," Bush added.
The two leaders are under heavy pressure to show progress in Iraq so they can start the withdrawal of coalition forces. There are now 132,000 US
troops and 8,000 British troops in the chaotic country. Blair recently visited Baghdad and said he believed it was possible to meet Maliki's goal of
having Iraqi security forces in control of all of Iraq by the end of 2007.
Said Bush: "Listen, I want our troops out - don't get me wrong. I understand what it means to have troops in harm's way . But I also understand
that it is vital that we do the job, that we complete the mission." Bush said he would consult with his military commanders in Iraq about security
issues. He will seek information from the new Iraqi government about its needs and any decision would be made based on the conditions on the ground.
Blair explained that "Inevitably, over time, we have to transfer responsibility" because it will be easier for an Iraqi interior minister "who is
the product of an Iraqi-elected government to go in and take the really tough measures sometimes that is necessary to sort out some of these issues."
As for now, he said, "This directly elected Iraqi government has said they want us to stay until the job is done."
Both leaders acknowledged their decision to invade Iraq in 2003 unexpectedly divided their people, but they also agreed it was time to look to the
future now that the Iraqis had gone to the polls and freely elected a new government. "Primarily, it is our duty, but it is also the duty of the
whole international community to get behind this [Iraqi] government and support it," Blair said.
The new prime minister said there was no reason for the array of armed gangs and militias in Iraq, now that the country had an elected government. He
said the real problem for the government was the armed gangs, rather than the organized militias.
(From stories on Yahoo.com.)
[edit on 5/25/2006 by donwhite]