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Bush on Terror
9/11/2006 10:57:00 PM | Nathan Empsall

Bush on Terror

"Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq, the worst mistake would be to think that if we pulled out, the terrorists would leave us alone." -George W. Bush today

Is President Bush actually implying that his administration has made mistakes in Iraq? Is he actually admitting they took the focus off bin Laden, failed to deal with allies and regional nations appropriately, didn't use enough troops, should have had a post-war plan, shouldn't have disbanded the Iraqi army or de-baathized the country, needed tougher rules and oversight at Abu Ghraib, lacked sufficient occupation training (hence traffic offenses and tragedies like Haditha), didn't give enough armor or benefits to the troops, and helped recruit more terrorists by giving Iraqi jobs to American reconstruction companies? Has the President finally, publicly owned up to all its screwups in Iraq?

No. And I doubt he ever will, but it is more than we've gotten out of him on this subject before, so it's a start.

Of course, lousy rhetoric is not the sole property of Republicans. DSCC Chairman Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "This should have been an occasion to bring everyone together, and focus on the tragedy, the many we lost, and the heroism of those who embodied the American spirit. You do not commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 by politicizing it."

Apparently, Sen. Schumer, you do. You don't call this quote playing politics on 9/11? You're absolutely right, President Bush did it first, but you have a habit of just sinking to his level when it comes to partisan tactics and rhetoric. Sigh.



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