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August 11, 2004
Kerry Plan Signals Enemy To Wait US Out: Bush

George Bush hammered John Kerry for his so-called "secret plan" to accomplish a significant reduction in American troop strength within six months of his inauguration. Bush rightly ridiculed the proposal as a signal that American resolve would be fatally weakened in a Kerry administration:

Kerry said this week that he hoped to begin reducing U.S. troop strength in Iraq within six months of taking office, if elected, but that it would depend on broader international assistance, better stability in Iraq and other factors.

Bush dismissed the plan as a politically driven one that would cut short the mission and aid the enemy.

"The key is not to set artificial timelines," Bush said Tuesday while campaigning for re-election in Niceville, Fla. He said the Massachusetts senator's plan would signal the enemy that, "Gosh, all we've got to do is wait them out."

Not only that, but as the LA Times reported earlier this week, Kerry's European partners won't go for any plan which deploys European troops to Iraq, especially if by "European" you really mean Franco-German. Kerry regularly lambastes Bush for not having a plan for the peace, but so far it seems like Bush's plan has worked out quite well. We transferred sovereignty back within 15 months to a government that has strengthened itself as a result and gained tremendous legitimacy with its people. By contrast, in the war that Kerry and his supporters point to as an example of Clintonian success, we are still in Kosovo after five years, and no one has yet decided who has sovereignty -- so we're stuck until the Europeans (see above) finally get their stuff together and make a decision.

Pulling back our troops before the Iraqis can handle their own security -- again, part of the Bush plan to stabilize post-war Iraq that looks to be working well -- only encourages the radical Islamofascists and Ba'athist holdouts to keep their powder dry for a few months, and then wreck the progress after we leave. Sound familiar? It's the classic Viet Nam exit strategy that the leftists forced on the US. Declare Iraqification, refuse to supply the means for the Iraqis to stand on their own, and then scramble for the last helicopter out of Baghdad while the Islamofascists seize everything in sight -- and plunge Iraq into decades of oppression and enslavement.

Zell Miller once remarked that the Kerry campaign combined the worst of the Walter Mondale and George McGovern campaigns. At first, I thought that was hyperbole. Now I'm thinking it might be an understatement.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 11, 2004 10:01 AM

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