August 21, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
From the DNC:
Dean Echoes Hagel, Says Troops Deserve Clear Plan for Success in IraqWhen we withdraw - and we will have to - let the public understand that it is because Bush and the Republicans fucked things up, and not let them be told it's because the treasonous Democrats sided with the terrorists and made us lose.
WASHINGTON - Today, DNC Chairman Howard Dean, echoing the concerns of Democrats and Republicans across the country, called on President Bush to lay out - and stick to - a clear military plan for success in Iraq that includes heeding the advice of military commanders. During his appearance on ABC's "This Week", Republican Senator Chuck Hagel warned President Bush against ignoring the advice of his military officials when putting together a military plan for Iraq, citing the Bush administration's dismissal of the prediction by former Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki, that several hundred thousand American troops would be needed to stabilize Iraq after the American invasion.
Yesterday, Army General Peter Schoomaker signaled that the Army had already begun logistical planning to keep 100,000 American troops in Iraq.
"This President has failed our nation and our troops by ignoring the advice of high-ranking military officials and failing to commit to a clear plan for success in Iraq," said DNC Chairman Howard Dean. "The President can't make up for the mistakes he made in taking the US to war in Iraq, but he can do the right thing going forward. When President Bush speaks later this week to members of the military and veterans, he should lay out a clear plan for future success in Iraq based on the informed advice of his military command. It's long-past time for the President to show some leadership, for the sake of our troops, their families and America's security."
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Howard Dean's statement was on Face the Nation, 8/14. Isn't Hagel echoing Dean?
Good post, Dave! Especially liked your last words: 'let the public understand that it is because Bush and the Republicans fucked things up, and not let them be told it's because the treasonous Democrats sided with the terrorists and made us lose.' Hope the Dems take your advice to heart!
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