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Susan Estrich: The Battle at Home

Jan 15, 2007
Susan Estrich

"The action I have taken tonight is indispensable for the continuing success of [the] withdrawal program,” Richard Nixon said in 1970 in announcing his decision to invade Cambodia and increase American involvement in a failed war.

It was five years before that “withdrawal program” was complete.

How many years will the current failure take?



President Bush looked awful and sounded worse when he made his recent speech to the nation. Other than admitting he had been wrong not to send more troops at the start—his version of his mistake in this mess—he had nothing new to say and nothing new to offer.

So what if the country is against him?

So what if the Congress is against him?

So what if Iraqi leaders, whom he claims he is relying upon, don’t want the additional troops?

George W. Bush is going to send them anyway.

How do you stop a president who has lost touch with reality?

The president’s plan is likely to lead to more of precisely what it is we are supposed to be trying to avoid: American involvement in street fighting, sending our kids to die in an urban jungle, putting them in harm’s way in someone else’s civil war. “Young men and women of U.S. forces and coalition forces should not be caught in the crossfire of a civil war prompted by who should have succeeded Mohammed in—what is it?—650 A.D.?” said Sen. John Warner, a Republican from Virginia. The president said merely that we should expect more casualties. But why should we accept them?



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