Apparently, Bush is staying the course.
14 September 2007: “The principle guiding my decisions on troop levels in Iraq is ‘return on success.’ The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home.”
11 January 2007: “The situation in Iraq is unacceptable to the American people – and it is unacceptable to me. It is clear that we need to change our strategy in Iraq. If we increase our support at this crucial moment, and help the Iraqis break the current cycle of violence, we can hasten the day our troops begin coming home.”
14 March 2006: “Our goal in Iraq is victory, and victory will be achieved when the terrorists and Saddamists can no longer threaten Iraq’s democracy, and when Iraq is not a safe haven for terrorists to plot new attacks against our nation. As Iraqis stand up, America and our coalition will stand down.”
18 December 2005: “My fellow citizens: Not only can we win the war in Iraq – we are winning the war in Iraq. I also want to speak to those of you who did not support my decision to send troops to Iraq: I have heard your disagreement, and I know how deeply it is felt. Yet now there are only two options before our country – victory or defeat.”
30 November 2005: “Most Americans want two things in Iraq: They want to see our troops win, and they want to see our troops come home as soon as possible. And those are my goals as well. I will settle for nothing less than complete victory.”
28 June 2005: “I recognize that Americans want our troops to come home as quickly as possible. So do I. We will stay in Iraq as long as we are needed, and not a day longer.”
1 May 2003: “We have difficult work to do in Iraq. We have begun the search for hidden chemical and biological weapons, and already know of hundreds of sites that will be investigated. Our coalition will stay until our work is done. And then we will leave – and we will leave behind a free Iraq.”
Reading the above quotes, I guess you should be asking: Who the hell does Bush think he’s kidding?
Members of the US Congress who refuse to support legislation forcing Bush to change his disastrous course in Iraq should mark their calendars every day with the number of American soldiers killed and wounded and the taxpayer dollars expended between now and 20 January 2009 (when Bush finally steps down) because voters will be keeping their own tally.