The “Decision-Maker” vs. No Decision

January 26, 2007 at 11:53 am | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, conservatives, Democracy, Democrats, George W Bush, Iraq, Military, Republicans, War | 2 Comments

Bush today claims he’s the decision maker on troops in Iraq….huh, then how does he explain the three years of indecision on troops in Iraq?

What has suddenly changed from all these previous times Bush has said there will be no decision on an increase of troops in Iraq? I mean, just in November he said there was no decision. What changed in the past three months to garner the use of 21,000 additional troops? So what changed in the past three months? Nothing really in Iraq. But in America, something very significant. Democrats won. What does this tell you about this president? With his own party in charge in Congress, he makes no decisions about troop increase, but when Democrats are in charge, he’s the “decision-maker”. Hmmm, the change seems to be accountability. He knows he’s going to be held accountable by a Democratic Congress. Just what does this say about Republican leadership these past six years?

November 2006: “President Bush said Monday that he has made no decisions about altering the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, and he refused to discuss the pros and cons that would accompany such a decision.”

August 2005: President Bush said Thursday no decision has been made on increasing or decreasing U.S. troop levels in Iraq, saying that as “Iraqis stand up, we will stand down” and that only conditions on the ground will dictate when it is time for a reduction in U.S. forces.

April 2004: “Gen. John P. Abizaid, the senior commander in the Middle East, has asked for contingency plans for increasing the number of troops in Iraq. No decision has been made to supplement the 134,000 troops now there, and White House officials said it was unclear whether such a move would help the situation.”

November 2003: “The President is going to do what is most effective in Iraq, and he gets recommendations from his commanders on troop levels and what is needed. No decisions have been made about future troops levels,” said National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice


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  1. The change was made after Carl Levins reported deteroration of Iraq in late November. That was when the President invited all employees to the White House too ask for advice.

  2. So….let me get this straight? Four years of deteriorating conditions in Iraq, and Bush doesn’t budge an inch. Come late November, Carl Levin reports on deteriorating conditions in Iraq and suddenly Bush budges?

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