In case you missed it, you can view Bush’s entire speech here.
Now, onto the reactions.
John Edwards wasted no time in using the opportunity to raise funds and propose his plan to lose in Iraq:
I’ll let Hot Air take this one:
The highlight comes at the midway point when he lectures us about how Iraq is a political problem to which thereâ€™s no military solution. Really? Silkyâ€™s plan is to pull out and let both sides hammer away at each other until one of themâ€™s beaten to such a pulp that they have no choice but to â€œreconcile.â€ Thatâ€™s not just a military solution, itâ€™s potentially a final solution. He canâ€™t cop to that, though, so heâ€™s got to float the fantasy of Sunni and Shia finally coming together as U.S. humvees speed off into the sunset to work out their problems like big boys and girls. Like I say: reality-based.
Hillary Clinton released this statement:
“Regrettably, the President did not seize the opportunity tonight to offer the American people a candid assessment of the challenges that we continue to face in Iraq, or offer a change in course to his failing strategy. Instead, he portrayed an unavoidable reduction in U.S. troops to pre-surge levels as a marker of progress. Redeploying over the next year five of the twenty combat brigades currently deployed in Iraq will merely bring our total number of troops back to the same level that existed before the President announced his escalation in January of this year. As was discussed during General Petraeus’s testimony this week, troop levels in Iraq must decrease by this amount regardless, in order to avoid extending Army deployments beyond 15 months and straining our military even further than it already is……..”
It goes on further but she basically agrees with Edwards, we must lose in Iraq.
Barack Obama released this statement:
“It is long past time to end a war that never should have started. President Bush was wrong when he took us to war, he was wrong when he escalated this war in January, and he is wrong to stay the course now. I opposed this war from the beginning, I introduced legislation in January that would have already started to bring our troops home, and I will continue to lead the fight in the Senate for a fixed timeline with a deadline for the removal of all of our combat troops. The American people are not going to be fooled by the same false promises of success that got us into Iraq. Iraq’s leaders are not making the political progress that was the stated purpose of the surge, but the President wants us to keep giving him a blank check. We must not continue the enormous sacrifice of our troops, our military readiness, our treasury, and our standing in the world just to keep the violence at the same unacceptable levels it was at in 2005 and 2006.”
Obama’s stance is also to lose, that makes 3 for 3 of top tier Democratic candidates.
I just can’t understand why people would prefer to lose the war in Iraq when there’s a chance we could succeed and not let al-Qaeda win. Edwards, Clinton, and Obama all believe we should simply retreat and give Islamic terrorists a free victory. They disguise their plan for defeat as hatred for Bush. However, shouldn’t we all as Americans want our great country to succeed regardless of political affiliation or stance towards the war? Does opposing the war automatically mean you want your country to lose a battle to al-Qaeda?
Mitt Romney released this statement:
“President Bush understands that our most crucial objective in Iraq is to make sure it does not become a safe haven for al-Qaeda and Jihadist terrorists. But that’s just what would happen if Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have their way. Our troop presence has emboldened Sunni leaders to resist al-Qaeda. This is progress â€“ important progress.”
Pretty much mirroring the President’s position, sort of embracing it.
I also have video of John McCain and Barack Obama concerning Bush’s speech but I just don’t have time to upload them. Look for them tomorrow.