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Bush Puts Hold On Troop Cuts: Back To The Future?

April 10th, 2008 | by Daniel DiRito |

I was sure the writers strike had ended…but then I tuned in today to see the President repeating the same script he’s been promoting for years…the one that suggests the war in Iraq will come to a happy ending…eventually.

One has to wonder whether those in charge of directing this production are engaged in an endless edit…locked in a hopeless power struggle to determine if this incursion into Iraq should be billed as a comedy or a tragedy. Regardless, it seems to me that they have mislabeled their latest episode. Rather than call the current act “The Surge”, I think it might be best to have titled it “The Stall”.

From The Associated Press:

WASHINGTON - President Bush on Thursday ordered an indefinite halt in U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq after July, embracing the key recommendations of his top war commander. Bush said Gen. David Petraeus will “have all the time he needs” to consider when more American forces could return home.

Bush’s decisions virtually guarantee a major U.S. presence in Iraq throughout his term in office in January, when a new president takes office.

Bush said U.S. forces have made major gains since he ordered a buildup of about 30,000 U.S. forces last year. “We have renewed and revived the prospect of success” the president said.

“While this war is difficult, it is not endless,” Bush said in a message directed to troops, but surely to the American public as well.

The president said that only as conditions in Iraq improve will he bring more troops home, a policy he calls “return on success.”

“The day will come when Iraq is a capable partner of the United States,” Bush said. “The day will come when Iraq’s a stable democracy that helps fight our common enemies and promote our common interests in the Middle East.

“And when that day arrives, you’ll come home with pride in your success,” Bush said to the military and U.S. civilians in Iraq.

BushCo’s refusal to pull the plug on a war with woeful ratings and little hope of a salient story line mirrors the miscalculations of a network intent on running with a stagnant sitcom that is arguably well past its prime. Unfortunately, the BushCo “network” lacks a player with the willingness to open the window and shout out, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore”.

Sadly, the war in Iraq isn’t a situation where life imitates art…and George Bush isn’t the equivalent of Michael J. Fox. Despite our President’s many steps backwards, the future isn’t apt to be altered or improved. The war in Iraq is akin to a movie most Americans would gladly exit despite the high cost of admission.

Unfortunately, that isn’t an option we’ve been able to impose. Alas, we’re left to watch and wait. Let’s just hope the new director will insist upon the installation of a new program.

Cross-posted at Thought Theater

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  1. One Response to “Bush Puts Hold On Troop Cuts: Back To The Future?”

  2. By Jet Netwal on Apr 11, 2008 | Reply

    Bushco jumped tha shark for me the minute Iraq came into the picture. There is no clever writing that can save this storyline. It should be yanked and never allowed to go into syndication.

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