[Marxism] Idiot punditry

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 30 09:48:07 MST 2005

Bush's Can't-Lose Reversal
Wednesday's speech will set the agenda for withdrawal from Iraq.
By Fred Kaplan
Posted Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at 7:14 PM ET

Brace yourself for a mind-bog of sheer cynicism. The discombobulation 
begins Wednesday, when President George W. Bush is expected to proclaim, in 
a major speech at the U.S. Naval Academy, that the Iraqi security 
forces—which only a few months ago were said to have just one battalion 
capable of fighting on its own—have suddenly made uncanny progress in 
combat readiness. Expect soon after (if not during the speech itself) the 
thing that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have, just this month, 
denounced as near-treason—a timetable for withdrawal of American troops.

And so it appears (assuming the forecasts about the speech are true) that 
the White House is as cynical about this war as its cynical critics have 
charged it with being. For several months now, many of these critics have 
predicted that, once the Iraqis passed their constitution and elected a new 
government, President Bush would declare his mission complete and begin to 
pull out—this, despite his public pledge to "stay the course" until the 
insurgents were defeated.

This theory explains Bush's insistence that the Iraqis draft and ratify the 
constitution on schedule—even though the rush resulted in a seriously 
flawed document that's more likely to fracture the country than to unite 
it. For if the pullout can get under way in the opening weeks of 2006, then 
the war might be nullified as an issue by the time of our own elections.

full: http://www.slate.com/id/2131125/


 From today's speech by George W. Bush:

With resolve, victory will be achieved, although not by a date certain.

No war has ever been won on a timetable and neither will this one.

But lack of a timetable does not mean our posture in Iraq (both military 
and civilian) will remain static over time. As conditions change, our 
posture will change.

We expect, but cannot guarantee, that our force posture will change over 
the next year, as the political process advances and Iraqi security forces 
grow and gain experience.

While our military presence may become less visible, it will remain lethal 
and decisive, able to confront the enemy wherever it may organize.

Our mission in Iraq is to win the war. Our troops will return home when 
that mission is complete.




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