Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Agony Of Defeat

Bush: I won't be rushed on Iraq - 13 Dec 2006 at 2:57pm - WASHINGTON -- President Bush has defended his delaying an announcement of a new Iraq war strategy, saying "I'm not going to be rushed."
Take your time. It's only your subjects dying, every day; what's the rush?

President Bush said Wednesday he would "not be rushed" into a decision on a strategy change for Iraq, saying that in a round of consultations he heard both some interesting ideas and some "ideas that would lead to defeat."

"And I reject those ideas," Bush said after meeting with top generals and Defense Department officials at the Pentagon. He said those ideas included "leaving before the job is done, ideas such as not helping this (Iraqi) government take the necessary and hard steps to be able to do its job."
Isn't defeat pretty much a foregone conclusion by now? What sort of victory could he still be hoping for?

Rumsfeld, Gates both having say on Iraq - 13 Dec 2006 at 2:35pm - WASHINGTON -- To fix the United States' flagging military campaign in Iraq, are two defense secretaries better than one? President Bush has been meeting with both outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and incoming Secretary Robert Gates as he considers a change in Iraq policy.

Downer warns against 'disastrous' Iraq withdrawal - 12 Dec 2006 at 4:07pm - Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has told the United States a quick withdrawal from Iraq would be disastrous.

Report: Saudis Warn Against Iraq Exit - 13 Dec 2006 at 7:15am - Saudi Arabia has warned Washington it might provide financial aid to Iraqi Sunnis in any fighting against Shiites if the U.S. pulls its troops out of Iraq, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

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