Bush lowers expectations on failed war


President George W. Bush is quietly back pedaling on his failed Iraq war strategy as the White House works to scale back expectations and lower the threshold for measurable results.

The administration will no longer claim success from the “troop surge” and any update in status has been postponed until at least September.

Reports David Sanger of The New York Times:

The Bush administration will not try to assess whether the troop increase in Iraq is producing signs of political progress or greater security until September, and many of Mr. Bush’s top advisers now anticipate that any gains by then will be limited, according to senior administration officials.

In interviews over the past week, the officials made clear that the White House is gradually scaling back its expectations for the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. The timelines they are now discussing suggest that the White House may maintain the increased numbers of American troops in Iraq well into next year.

That prospect would entail a dramatically longer commitment of frontline troops, patrolling the most dangerous neighborhoods of Baghdad, than the one envisioned in legislation that passed the House and Senate this week. That vote, largely symbolic because Democrats do not have the votes to override the promised presidential veto, set deadlines that would lead to the withdrawal of combat troops by the end of March 2008.

On Friday, during an appearance with Japan’s prime minister at Camp David, President Bush said that he would invite congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday, immediately after his expected veto message, to talk about a “way forward.” [Page A10.]

Several American officials who have spoken recently with Mr. Maliki say they believe that he would like to achieve the kind of political reconciliation that Mr. Bush outlined in January as the ultimate goal of the troop increase. But they say the Iraqi prime minister appears to have little ability to manage the required legislation, including bills requiring fair distribution of oil revenues among Iraq’s Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, and reversing the American-led de-Baathification that barred many Sunnis from participation in the new government.

Even as administration officials have been telling Congress that Mr. Bush would accept no time limits on success, they have been pushing Mr. Maliki to move faster.

“He is trying to fight fires coming from every direction,” Ryan C. Crocker, the newly arrived American ambassador to Iraq, said of Mr. Maliki this week, speaking by telephone. “We have to be clear to him on where our priorities are, so that we can buy him the time he needs. And we have to buy the time now because he is going to need it in the future.”

Mr. Crocker said that he had told Mr. Maliki that evidence of progress “is important in American terms” because “to sustain American support we have to be able to see that Iraqis are stepping up to hard challenges.”

But the new view of Mr. Maliki’s limitations was put bluntly by Gen. David H. Petraeus, the American commander in Iraq, who spent the week pressing Congress not to put limits on either the timing or conduct of his operations, as he described what he discovered upon returning to Iraq after a two-year hiatus.


  1. Razor

    This is more proof that Bush is only interested in occupation and controling oil resources. Bush will never concede that the war is lost and will never be won. Nothing has been learned from the ten year debacle of Viet Nam. This illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq is to date the most insidious move in american history and surely the most costly. More troops died in the Nam War, but if we continue in Iraq, that number will eventually be matched. The dollars wasted in Iraq will surely pass the Nam War in a short time. It appears that this President ( gag ) believes in miracles.

    It will take a miracle to justify the acts of this delusional commander in thief.

  2. KayInMaine

    This is why Bush will veto the Iraq supplemental bill! He knows that he would not be able to come up with proof that the Iraqis are meeting the benchmarks to continue the money flow in his occupation! Bush is letting everyone know that he will have to lie at each benchmark because he has no idea what he’s doing.

    I say….arrest, detain, and throw him & his Regime out of the country!


  3. Cashel Boylo

    Disgraceful Exit Blues by Cashel Boylo
    To the tune of St Louis Blues by W.C. Handy

    Now I have Decided the Job is Done
    I have Decided that the War is Won
    By June next year, we’ll Cut’n’Run
    Becoz I’ve Decided the Job is Done

    I’m acceleratin’ transfer to my man Maliki
    I have Decided Iraq’s now a Democracy
    I am preparin’ for a Disgraceful Exit
    I’ve destroyed Iraq an’ they can fix it

    Turnin’ over Security Responsibility
    Is not changin’ my War Winnin’ Strategy
    “There is no problem” declares Maliki
    An’ I says, I’ll accelerate your capacity

    Iran can’t show a path to peace for Maliki
    Foreign interference’d destabilize th’ c’untry
    Splittin’ Iraq into bits don’t make no sense
    Partition would lead to Sectarian Violence

    I unnerstan’ it’s tough inside of Iraq
    I’m too scared to go there an’ tha’s a fac
    But then, I’m scared anywhere I might get hurt
    Danger an’ me, we jus’ don’ flirt

    Cashel Boylo

  4. Bill Jonke

    I find that I have to thank you for your post. Your feelings have mirrored my feelings for years, and the house of cards that the corporate Americans under their bushgod will crumble. Castle builders fear that ever present F-word, foreclosure. In the name of ease and timesaving, the cancer rate and the heart disease rate, among that of other diseases will continue to rise as a result of all the garbage that’s included with the convenience.

    I for one don’t have a house the size of a castle; it’s a small tract home. I don’t have any children, my choice. I fortunately don’t fall for all the food gimmicks we see on TV commercials – the food manufacturers have run out of new ideas, so why not add more garbage to them? As a result, nobody knows how to cook anymore because “they don’t have the time.” BULL!

    You’ve made me appreciate what I do have, and we’re probably better off than the castle dwellers by a long shot.

    My motto has been, “All the new mansions of today will be the fourplexes of tomorrow.”

  5. gene

    Great I log in to this web site and what do I see? A visual picture of the town idiot, in this case the biggest idiot in the this nation…whats left of it. The article mentions something about Bush “quietly back pedaling”…what the hell does that mean, this moron can’t even forward pedal correctly or honestly or anyother way.

    As I have said before….. brain dead, clueless, could care less (Americans) deserve this village idiot, THEY VOTED FOR HIM!!!!! We continue to build homes the size of castles, have babies we don’t f**king need (and most don’t provide for), produce nothing but bullshit ie. our factories are gone, stuff ourselves with package garbage most consider food and on and on and on we go.

    This nation is finally (Think God) going to get what it deserves. I only have compassion for the innocent children and those that did not contribute to this NOW unstopable insanity. We ain’t seen nothing yet and its only just started.

  6. Ardie

    The Republicans seem to be suffering from a bad case of political amnesia. With regard to withdrawing our young soldiers from Iraq, an Iraq that can stand on its own two feet, how unpatriotic can it be when Republicans demanded the same under President Clinton? Sen. Dirk Kempthorne, on Oct. 6, 1993:

    “The United States has no interest in the civil war in Somalia and as this young soldier told me, if the Somalis are now healthy enough to be fighting us, then it is absolutely time that we go home … It is time for the Senate of the United States to get on with the debate, to get on with the vote, and to get the American troops home.”

    The Bush toadies who make up the Republican side of the Senate are total scoundrels. They should support the Democrats; not fight them. This is a matter which transcends party politics. The Democrats, also, need to get over their case of jaundice of the spine and shove it to Bush. Tell that smirking punk, do it our way or face a triple impeachment of you, Cheney, and Rice.

  7. JudyB

    There is absolutely no way that I could have any lower expectations of this abominable, lie based, oil war that
    Bush/Cheney trumped up..my expectations are nil and and always have been. I expected what has happened would happen and it has.

    A trillion U.S $$$ will have been spent, 100,000’s of lives lost and even more of them ruined forever. This has apparently not bothered them at all, because it has not been there loved ones over there at risk. Bush/ Cheney will do anything they can to get control of the oil in Iraq. Let me clarify that… ANYTHING BUT GO THERE AND FIGHT THEMSELVES

  8. April-May

    I’d like to see the Demos tell Dumbass to “take it or leave it.” Either he signs the funding bill with a troop pullout date in October, or he gets no funding bill — period.

    You can bet the troops will get pulled out when there’s no longer any money to run Dumbass’s debacle.