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Bush Back-Flip Predicted

Fred Kaplan in Slate:

Brace yourself for a mind-bog of sheer cynicism. The discombobulation begins Wednesday, when President George W. Bush is expected to proclaim, in a major speech at the U.S. Naval Academy, that the Iraqi security forces — which only a few months ago were said to have just one battalion capable of fighting on its own — have suddenly made uncanny progress in combat readiness. Expect soon after (if not during the speech itself) the thing that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have, just this month, denounced as near-treason — a timetable for withdrawal of American troops.

I hope this happens for a variety of reasons. For one, I think it is the right thing to do. I agree with Kaplan's logic that the US presence there is making things worse, not better. For another, it will be immensely entertaining to see Bush fans go right along with the flip-flop. (Note that I'm not being cynical -- I'm being entertained by good news.)

Posted by Woody Mena at November 29, 2005 7:40 AM