I suppose I should wait for a full transcript, but what he said about Iraq today is just silly:
“The mission is there to be a democratic Iraq, where they have elections to elect their government,” he said. “We will stay there until the job is completed and our commanders on the ground tell us.”
Speaking to some 7,000 minority journalists, Bush warned that “at this point in time, if a vacuum were created, anarchy would reign and there would be mayhem and bloodshed.”
“We’ve got to stay with them until they achieve the objective” of building a democratic Iraq, said the US president.
Asked to set a timetable for pulling out forces from the US-led coalition that toppled Saddam Hussein (news – web sites), Bush replied: “He’s trying to get me to put a timetable out there. I’m not going to do it.”
Where to begin?
“at this point in time, if a vacuum were created, anarchy would reign and there would be mayhem and bloodshed.”
A-hem, we already have anarchy, mayhem and bloodshed throughout Iraq. That’s been an accurate decription of the condition in the country since the US invaded. How could it be worse? And it will not get any better until US forces, and all foreign forces, leave.
“He’s trying to get me to put a timetable out there. I’m not going to do it.”
I don’t know who “he” is, could be Kerry, could be someone who asked him a question at the convention. But I do recall that the Powell Doctrine stated that you should never enter into a war without an exit strategy.
Where is yours, George?