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What Bush told Americans about Iraq, and himself

09/08/2003

Unlike Don Rumsfeld, George W. Bush doesn't believe that the U.S. has so far failed to bring the war in Iraq to a successful close. He believes that we already have done so. The twist is that, in a sequel of sorts, "the terrorists" have decided to challenge us there, lest our success transform the Middle East and leave no room for their kind. Iraq is now the "central front" in the War on Terrorism. And we will bear any burden, pay any price to win. Sacrifice is the order of the day, starting with an $87 billion downpayment.

Bush told us all along that the War on Terror wouldn't be easy or simple, and sure enough, it isn't. We now have an open-ended commitment to stand in Iraq and take on all comers. There is no milestone to justify our departure except the end of the fighting. Of course, other nations, recognizing our inflexible resolve, naturally will rally to our side to funnel their own blood and treasure into this noble effort.

What can this mean? It means that America is no longer on the offensive -- we are on the defensive, indefinitely, on the far side of the world. And we are going to stay there either until our enemies decide to stop attacking, or until we're bled white and our last friends have deserted us.

This speaks volumes about the character of the President of the United States. Tonight we heard the words of a man determined to bring about the ruination of his presidency and the humiliation of his nation before conceding any error or reassessing his course of action.

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