Bush Accuses Democrats Of "Waving The White Flag Of Surrender." Does He Think The Same Of Casey?
Speaking at a June 28 fundraiser, President Bush attacked congressional Democrats, accusing the opposition of "waving the white flag of surrender" in Iraq.
"There's a group in the opposition party who are willing to retreat before the mission is done," he said. "They're willing to wave the white flag of surrender. And if they succeed, the United States will be worse off, and the world will be worse off."
According to the Washington Post, Bush has been using the "white flag of surrender" at fundraisers throughout the month, "adopting the more cutting approach of his senior political adviser, Karl Rove."
The applause line is red meat for conservative-friendly audiences willing to pledge millions for re-election campaigns. But it's out of date -- a point the Post fails to mention.
Bush, of course, was briefed on Friday by the top American commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, on his plan to reduce U.S. troops in Iraq, with the first cuts perhaps coming by September, and much deeper cuts coming in 2007. The plan is conceptually similar to one offered by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) -- a plan that was lambasted by conservatives as a "cut and run" policy, and ultimately rejected by the Senate.
Bush won't admit that the top American commander is proposing something akin to what his party snidely called "cut and run." It would ruin a good applause line, and hurt fund raising.
Here's a suggestion: Instead of lying about Democrats to raise money, maybe Bush could repeat his March, 2004, stand-up routine on not being able to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq! That would bring home the big bucks, right?
Remember that laugh riot? With some 500 U.S. troops dead in Iraq, Bush stood before the 60th annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner and showed "candid" images of him looking behind drapes, under his desk, and elsewhere in the White House, offering applause lines like: "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere."
Or here's a better idea: Maybe Bush could just tell the truth -- that a majority of Americans want troop redeployment, the Iraqi leadership wants troop redeployment, and his own top general believes it's time for troop redeployment. It may not get as many applause lines, but it would give Bush a chance to be an actual leader for the entire U.S.