Taking Responsibility

I’m responsible for the decision to go into Iraq - and I’m also responsible for fixing what went wrong by reforming our intelligence capabilities.

The President's opponents want him to admit mistakes. Sort of looks like he did. Of course this is not enough for opponents who want him to say that he lied and was stupid and a silly face on top of it.

Administration opponents want an explanation of the strategy and why we are in Iraq. You have it in the the President's and Condoleeza Rice's recent speeches

Of course this is not enough for opponents who want detailed timetables for withdrawals and exact predictions AND in this war they expect nobody to be killed or seriously injured.

Administration opponents have said the President does not change his mind or his tactics.

"Our tactics continue to change, but our goal in Iraq has not changed: a free and democratic Iraq. I strongly believe a democratic Iraq is a crucial part of our strategy to defeat the terrorists, because only democracy can bring freedom and reconciliation to Iraq, and peace to this troubled part of the world."

Administration opponents say the U.S. trying to bring democracy to Iraq is stupid. The third free election has already started. Let’s see if the Iraqis think it is stupid.

By next year opponents will be saying they predicted the good outcome of the elections and the progress Iraq will make economically and politically. When they talk about it at all, they will say all the events were inevitable. By then they will also have figured out how to claim an American economy that will have grown by 3-4% again, record stock prices and an unemployment rate below 5% is horrible. And by this time next year, they will once again be complaining how the Republicans tricked the people into not voting for Democrats - again.

Posted by Jack at December 14, 2005 1:16 PM