President Bush, laying the groundwork for next month's critical debate in Washington over the Iraq war, said Wednesday that his surge policy was "gaining momentum" and called for American perseverance and patience.
In a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bush drew parallels to U.S. experience in Asia, saying steadfastness against critics of U.S. policy in Japan and Korea in the post-war years led to blossoming democracies and thriving economies in both countries.
"The advance of freedom in these lands should give us confidence that the hard work we are doing in the Middle East can have the same results we have seen in Asia — if we show the same perseverance and sense of purpose," he said......
"....perseverance and sense of purpose....." These are just different words to describe Bush's "stay the course" mantra he used in previous speeches.
How many more Americans have to die for Bush's no-win policies in Iraq? How many more tours of duty should our soldiers and Marines expect to have in Iraq? 5? 6? 7? How many children will only have a picture of their parent to remind them of a military Mom or Dad? When will Bush realize that peace in Iraq may involve diplomacy instead of our bullets? How much more money will Bush pour into Iraq while our bridges fall?
Every American needs to stand up and say that we've heard this all before and we are still not going to support his war. It is time to support our troops and their families and bring them home alive.