Mister Bush, explaining to Brian Williams (exclusively) why he disagrees with Congressman Jack Murtha's plan to redeploy troops from Iraq. Talk of withdrawal…
-- emboldens the insurgents
-- sends the wrong signal to the Iraqis
-- dispirits out troops.
You know: the standard menu of tommyrot.
It's not entirely clear how much bolder the insurgents can get. They seem to strike at will as it is. And anecdotal evidence from our own generals is that our presence in Iraq emboldens them more than our absence would.
Mister Bush might want to quit worrying about what signals he's sending the Iraqis and listening to the signals they're sending him. 80 percent of them want us gone. The interim leaders of the country signed a letter to that effect at the recent Arab League conference.
Dispirit the troops? Excuse me. I'm as big a "support the troops" kind of guy as you're likely to find, but let's get real clear on something. The United States of America doesn't exist to support its military. It's the other way around. It's beyond ludicrous to suggest that Americans should support a war in order to keep its troops happy, or that such a thing would keep the troops happy.
If Mister Bush really wants to keep the troops happy, he'll get off the dime and tell them what he actually wants them to accomplish. Unless, of course, he's afraid to do that because the reason he sent them to Iraq is different from the reason he gave them (and the rest of us) when he sent them there.
In fact, if Mister Bush really wanted to boost the troops' morale, he'd keep his mouth shut, because every time he opens it he reinforces the growing perception that he's a liar, a lunatic, or both.