I’m sorry. I looked for something new. I really didn’t hear anything from President Bush that was new. This is staying the course. It was like that old high school – “Hit ’em again! Harder, Harder. Hit ’em again! Harder. Harder.” This is a variation of Operation Together Forward.
Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois gives a smart and thoughtful response.
The President spoke tonight. This is the speech that we have been waiting for. (Full text of speech)
There were many key words that we have heard so many times before. Freedom. Liberty. He said freedom 6 times. He said liberty 4 times. Of course, he tied this speech in with 9-11.
Unfortunately, the president is recycling and old plan. Operation Together Forward was supposed to stabilize Baghdad. It didn’t. Why? Many Iraqi’s are playing both sides of the fence. Many Iraqi politicians support both the Americans and Iraqi security forces and the death squads and militias. The president still has not demanded in public that the Iraq politicians choice one side or the other. This is key. No operation in Iraq will be successful unless the leaders in Iraq choose between the militias and the Americans.