The editorial and opinion pages are buzzing on Bush’s speech last night. The N.Y. Times weighs in with a piece titled: “No Exit, No Strategy.”
This was the week in which Americans hoped they would get straight talk and clear thinking on Iraq. What they got was two exhausting days of Congressional testimony by the American military commander, hours of news conferences and interviews, clouds of cut-to-order statistics and a speech from the Oval Office — and none of it either straight or clear.
The White House insisted that President Bush had consulted intensively with his generals and adapted to changing circumstances. But no amount of smoke could obscure the truth: Mr. Bush has no strategy to end his disastrous war and no strategy for containing the chaos he unleashed.
Last night’s speech could have been given any day in the last four years — and was delivered a half-dozen times already. Despite Mr. Bush’s claim that he was offering a way for all Americans to “come together” on Iraq, he offered the same divisive policies — repackaged this time with the Orwellian slogan “return on success.”
The WaPo calls Bush’s latest plan “The Least Bad Plan.” Fred Kaplan of Slate chimes in on “Bush’s appalling Iraq speech,” and Paul Krugman says, “To understand what’s really happening in Iraq, follow the oil money, which already knows that the surge has failed.”
Memeorandum has all the buzz on Bush’s speech.