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January 23, 2007
POLITICS: State of the Bush Administration

We're having another debate over at RedState, this one on what Bush should say tonight. My contribution is here. In particular, don't miss Thomas' post expanding on the political folly of Bush's health care proposal and Academic Elephant's post on a story Bush should tell.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 5:58 PM | Politics 2007 | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)
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Let the Dems "buy" the Iraq situation???

If The Administration REALLY thinks it's doing the right thing, shouldn't it take an "over my dead body" approach regarding any change in policy?

Seriously, Crank, how is it that anyone could even think of allowing politics to seep into the debate when American lives are at stake?

Posted by: Mike at January 23, 2007 7:56 PM

It's all about something Bush has done since the start: use partisan politics as a tool to advance national security policy. The more the Democrats are on notice that they will be held responsible for their positions, the more incentive they have to take responsible positions.

Posted by: The Crank at January 23, 2007 8:11 PM

The larger question is have we the American people held this current administration responsible for their positions and actions. But some how people have found a way to shift the blame to the democrats. How long have they controlled the house and senate?

Posted by: Javaman at January 23, 2007 9:10 PM

The more the Democrats are on notice that they will be held responsible for their positions, the more incentive they have to take responsible positions.

Yes. They've been on notice since November 7 that the American people want them to get the troops out of Iraq. If they fail to do so, they will be held responsible for their actions.

If Bush wanted to use "bipartisan politics as a tool to advance national security policy" he'd be working with the Democrats & an increasing number of Republicans to get the troops out of harm's way, and back in the US where the American people and the miltary brass want them.

Posted by: Mike at January 23, 2007 11:18 PM

We all want them home - duty in Iraq sucks but policy dictates right now that there is where we need them so there is where they'll be...and what the brass "wants" (assuming Mike or anyone in the press really knows) is irrelevant when it comes to policy.
Unless the call for removal from Iraq is simultaneous with a call for removal from Afghanistan, someone needs to explain the difference between the two scenarios today...and if it's all about Al Qaeda, what's the difference between Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Al Qaeda in Iraq? Especially when it comes to their intentions toward us?

Posted by: Maryland Conservatarian at January 24, 2007 12:12 AM

We all want them home

Bush doesn't. Which places him in a shrinking minority of Americans.

Posted by: Mike at January 24, 2007 2:37 PM

The more the Democrats are on notice that they will be held responsible for their positions, the more incentive they have to take responsible positions.

Same quote Mike took. I've heard this before in the last month from Republicans. Just how much lying and truth streching can we take? The Republicans fell down on oversight, DESPITE the Democrats call for review. Fell down is a poor term. More like ignoring and kissing the Bush Team's backside is more like it. So now the Dems get the blame for the Messopotamia (thank you Jon Stewart).

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at January 24, 2007 6:11 PM
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