Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Bush and Timetables

Clear exit strategies and time tables are important to Bush. When he isn't in charge and it's not his war of choice. From Political Wire via Think Progress:
George W. Bush, 4/9/99:
“Victory means exit strategy, and it’s important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is.”

George W. Bush, 6/5/99
“I think it’s also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn.”

George W. Bush, 10/12/02
"I'm going to be judicious as to how to use the military. It needs to be in our vital interest, the mission needs to be clear, and the exit strategy obvious." -- Bush, in response to a question from Jim Lehrer, 10/12/00.

George W. Bush, 6/24/05:
“It doesn’t make any sense to have a timetable. You know, if you give a timetable, you’re — you’re conceding too much to the enemy.”

So what's the reason for the flip flop, George? Ooh, ooh, I know this one: 9-11 changed everything! Before, when Clinton was President he should have had a clear exit strategy and set a time table for withdrawal. Now, post 9-11, the president (that would be Bush) shouldn't do that anymore! So why is it that the troops Clinton used have been withdrawn, and the troops Bush is using are still in Iraq? For a generational committment. And with higher casualties?

Say it with me everyone: "9-11 changed everything!" The Republican answer to everything.