The Lady Speaks

GWB Wants to do what?! How?!

I’m going to be doing light posting over the next few days, as is having letting folks have a go at their immigration databases for free until New Year’s.  I’m an unabashed genealogy addict, and still looking for my paternal ggg-grandmother’s family, as well as additional links in my maternal line.

Pretty much everyone has heard the news now – that El Commandante says we’re not winning (nor are we losing) and wants to increase the number of troops in the Army and Marines – and is asking the same questions: Did he just notice this?! And where the hell does George think he’s going to get all these extra troops??!

From the Washington Post:

President Bush acknowledged for the first time yesterday that the United States is not winning the war in Iraq and said he plans to expand the overall size of the “stressed” U.S. armed forces to meet the challenges of a long-term global struggle against terrorists.

As he searches for a new strategy for Iraq, Bush has now adopted the formula advanced by his top military adviser to describe the situation. “We’re not winning, we’re not losing,” Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. The assessment was a striking reversal for a president who, days before the November elections, declared, “Absolutely, we’re winning.”

In another turnaround, Bush said he has ordered Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to develop a plan to increase the troop strength of the Army and Marine Corps, heeding warnings from the Pentagon and Capitol Hill that multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan are stretching the armed forces toward the breaking point.”We need to reset our military,” said Bush, whose administration had opposed increasing force levels as recently as this summer.

From the NY Times:

 President Bush said Tuesday that the United States should expand the size of its armed forces, acknowledging that the military had been strained by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and would need to grow to cope with what he suggested would be a long battle against Islamic extremism.


In interviews on Tuesday, administration officials said the president was speaking generally about the broader campaign against terrorism and was not foreshadowing a decision on whether to send additional troops into Iraq in coming months in an effort to stabilize Baghdad. Any big change in the size of the American military would take years to accomplish.

Mr. Bush told The Post, which excerpted the interview Tuesday on its Web site, that he had not made a decision about sending more troops to Iraq. 


Mr. Bush’s comments were his most direct assessment that the armed forces were facing strain so serious that the nation should invest billions of dollars in expanding the military. Asked directly whether the United States was winning in Iraq, Mr. Bush quoted what he called the “construct” of Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: “We’re not winning. We’re not losing.”

Christy @ FDL has a great post on the follow-up questions the WH stenographers didn’t ask.


December 20, 2006 - Posted by | America, Bush, Civil War, Government, Iraq, Media, Pentagon, US Military, War, White House

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