The depressing message of Bush’s Cleveland speech. – By Fred Kaplan – Slate Magazine

The depressing message of Bush’s Cleveland speech. – By Fred Kaplan – Slate Magazine: “There was nothing new in Bush’s weird, rambling speech.
.”By Fred Kaplan
Posted Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at 6:24 PM ET
George Bush
Some officers and midlevel officials have been telling me and other reporters that President George W. Bush is preparing to give in on Iraq—to recognize that victory is no longer feasible, that the ‘surge’ isn’t working, and that it’s time to cut back U.S. troop levels and shift strategy once more.
After watching Bush’s speech in Cleveland this afternoon, I can only conclude that this prediction—like all the similar predictions of an impending drawdown these past three years—is wishful thinking.
The president seemed, as much as ever, committed to the war, certain of liberty’s inevitable triumph, and deluded about the nature and direction of the conflict.

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