Tuesday, June 28, 2005

In 1999, Bush Demanded A Timetable

from Think Progress:

In 1999, George W. Bush criticized President Clinton for not setting a timetable for exiting Kosovo, and yet he refuses to apply the same standard to his war.

George W. Bush, 4/9/99:

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

And on the specific need for a timetable, here’s what Bush said then and what he says now:

George W. Bush, 6/5/99

“I think it’s also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn.”


George W. Bush, 6/24/05:

“It doesn’t make any sense to have a timetable. You know, if you give a
timetable, you’re — you’re conceding too much to the enemy.”

I know, I know -- we're so boorishly reality-based. And the GWOT changed everything. And criticising Clinton's wars was A-OK because Clinton WAS the enemy.

But poll numbers seem to indicate that, one by one, Americans are swearing off the Kool Aid.


Anonymous some Guy said...

Very interesting....so how many flip-flops does this make for GW?

9:38 AM  

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