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April 11, 2014

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April 9, 2014

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Jewish World Review June 28, 2005 / 21 Sivan, 5765

We need straight talk from W

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Are we losing the war in Iraq? Have the American people decided that hellhole of a country is a lost cause? Will the growing cries for a withdrawal of troops become too powerful to resist?

Those are the questions President Bush faces as he prepares Tuesday's prime-time speech. It might be his last, best chance to keep the country behind him.

In the short run, the speech is shaping up as a make-or-break moment. Bush knows he's reached a turning point on the homefront. He can read the polls. He sees public support is falling like a rock and, with each day bringing more grisly death and destruction, the nation is growing restless.

Unless he can stop the slide, Bush won't have the backing to stay the course or to avoid the lame-duckitis that would doom his entire agenda.

To judge from Friday's dress-rehearsal — aka a press conference with the Iraqi prime minister — Bush's pitch needs work. The claims that "we're optimistic" and that "progress is being made" are not convincing.

Nor does talk about the brutal nature of the enemy — thugs who behead hostages — stir the embers of resolve. References to Saddam Hussein or Al Qaeda no longer resonate with the same power they once did.

We know all that. We know all about the fog of war and the shifting fortunes of combat and the march to democracy and blah blah blah.

We know the problems. We want the answers.

So far, the White House doesn't seem to have any other than to counsel patience. Patience would be wise, and would be granted, if there was a plan that would change the bloody status quo.

A plan that would stop the slaughter of our own troops. A plan that would protect innocent Iraqis. A plan that would knock the terrorists out of business. If Bush has such plans, Tuesday would be the time to unveil them.

What is not acceptable is more BS of the kind Vice President Cheney tried to sell by claiming the insurgency is "in its last throes." It is not believable because there is absolutely no evidence. And field commanders disagree, saying the insurgency has not weakened.

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Besides, the claim of imminent victory is a damning reminder of the 5 o'clock follies in Vietnam, where every loss was spun as a victory.

Been there, done that.

Bush does not have many options, so count on a speech that pushes all the emotional buttons. Start with the location — at North Carolina's Fort Bragg, where Bush will speak to soldiers. The real audience, of course, will be watching on TV. If public support falls much below the current 41% figure, even some Republicans in Congress, fearing midterm elections, will jump on the retreat bandwagon.

I still believe the cause in Iraq is just. And Bush is right that giving the enemy a timetable for withdrawal makes zero sense.

But the very democracy the President touts as the answer to the world's problems is raising its voice in protest. Americans are right to demand more. Total victory may not be possible, but this relentless slaughter for no clear purpose or gain cannot continue.

What do you say, Mr. President? What's the plan?

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Michael Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Daily News. Comment by clicking here.

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