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George W. Bush Said

I think it's also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long [the troops] will be involved and when they will be withdrawn.

(June 5, 1999)

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nibowl
Oct. 7th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
that quote didn't mention anything about making it public
the_monkey_king
Oct. 7th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
True enough, but at the moment I have little confidence that it exists in private either.

I'm also reminded of the April 1999 quote from GWB:

"Victory means exit strategy, and it’s important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is."

Do you know what the exit strategy is for Iraq? I sure don't.
nibowl
Oct. 7th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
no, but i have made no effort to do so... wanders off to google... hmm, guess we have no public exit strategy... thus i don't know

all my comment noted was that the statement you qouted hinted nothing at entitlement to such information for the public... i don't honestly think we should know when we plan to be moving troops out... all it does is open a window for nitpicking and misplaced demands off of forecasts that would likely need to be adjusted as situations change... having dealt a lot with the public, they are prone to making demands that they have not thought about or even want to with no regard to how rational or reasonable that is... if you need further evidence of irrationality within the populace, take a look at who you have still in office even with what your knowledge tells you could not have possibly been what was a right choice in the last election

i would like to actually know what we are still there for, but that is nothing compared to my curiosity of what has been going on with the hunting down of al queda or osama which is what was used to spur all of this in the first place
the_monkey_king
Oct. 8th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Actually, the context of the quote was of Governor Bush demanding a public timetable for withdrawal of our troops by the Clinton administration.

Naturally, his position has changed now that he's the one with troops overseas. I just found it pretty amusing.

I think Osama and Al Qaeda aren't getting much public attention because we haven't had many successes. There was a good article recently on the difficulty of getting agents/intel from Al Qaeda, even by nations that you might expect would do well at it, such as Turkey.
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