Wednesday, November 30, 2005

the recycler

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid(D-Nev.) noted that both Republicans and Democrats have called on Bush to "change course and release a strategy for success in Iraq with specific benchmarks by which the progress could be measured.

"Today, President Bush failed to meet this call,'' Reid said. "Instead,
he recycled his tired rhetoric of 'stay the course' and once again missed an opportunity to lay out a real strategy for success in Iraq that will bring our
troops safely home.

The American people "deserve more than just a Bush-Cheney public
relations campaign,'' Reid said.

As the president has before, he has refused to commit to timelines for troop withdrawals—noting that forces have been increased to over 160,000 in preparation for December's elections. "If our military leaders tell me we need more troops we will send them,'' Bush said.But in the long run, Bush maintained, American forces will be able to withdraw as Iraqi forces take control."Before our mission in Iraq is accomplished, there will be tough days ahead,'' Bush said. "A time of war is a time of sacrifice."

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