"The battle lines are drawn, and there is no middle ground," Bush said. "Either we defeat the terrorists and help the Iraqis build a working democracy, or the terrorists will impose their dark ideology on the Iraqi people and make that country a source of terror and instability to come for decades."This Washington Post story is filled with similar tough guy quotes from the President.
Bush said, "The only way the terrorists can win is if we lose our nerve and abandon the mission. For the security of the American people, that's not going to happen on my watch."
Where does this leave war critics on the right side of the aisle, like Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel? Stuck in the '60s?
How does it feelThe Bush administration certainly hasn't listened to the critical voices that know a hell of a lot more than it does about the fuel the US is adding to the fire of the Middle East.
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
Predictably, the President's tough talk is supposed to be supported by a new "comprehensive strategy to achieve victory in Iraq."
What's next? Napalm?
Wait, they already tried that. The latest plans aren't any more original. Stop me if you've heard this before:
Bush said [Gen. George] Casey [the top U.S. commander in Iraq], told him that U.S. forces would deny insurgents safe haven, train more Iraqi forces to conduct security operations and "focus on hunting down high-value targets like the terrorist Zarqawi."I guess up to this point, the US hasn't been attempting those things?
Back to Bob:
Now you don't talk so loudWell, I thought it worked.
Now you don't seem so proud...
You've gone to the finest school all right...
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
And now you find out you're gonna have to get used to it...
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.