This Is Getting Ridiculous

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As President Bush faces GOP pressure to change his war strategy, the White House announced Tuesday that an upcoming progress report will result in "the beginning of a new way" in Iraq.

Six months after announcing an increase of nearly 30,000 U.S. troops that became known as the "surge," Bush is scheduled to appear at a town meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday where he’s expected to push for a "post-surge" phase of the four-year war, senior officials told CNN.

See how it works?  We had the "surge" strategy, and next comes the post-surge "new way" strategy.  Then there will be a "post-new-way" strategy.  And on and on and on….


Bush made a brief statement on Iraq early in his Cleveland visit.

"And finally, I’m going to spend some time talking about the war on terror and our need to succeed in Iraq. And I’m going to remind the people in the audience today that troop levels will be decided by our commanders on the ground, not by political figures in Washington, D.C., and that we’ve got a plan to lead to victory."

What he’s thinking we’ll forget is that the commanders on the ground are picked by the political figures in Washington — specifically, Bush — who will tell Bush what he wants to hear.