Bush interprets the 2006 elections:
From the interview
with the Washington Post:
... the president said he interpreted the Democratic election victories six weeks ago not as a mandate to bring the U.S. involvement in Iraq to an end but as a call to find new ways to make the mission there succeed.
Of course, he's merely saying that so that he can continue to wage war. But shouldn't someone call him on it? The polls are overwhelmingly negative about Iraq (unhappy about the decision to go in, the state of 'progress' there, want troops out, etc), so it should be easy for the press or policicians to make the charge that Bush is BS-ing the nation.
Oh, and another thing. This whole 'surge' of troops idea. Bush will drag it out as long as possible. Starting with the delayed-to-January announcement. Then there will be time to get it planned, then time to get the troops in to Iraq, then time to get ready for the job, then lots of time
to see how it's working out. All to e
nsure that there will be a large troop presence in Iraq until Bush's term of office ends.