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Bush's Not For Prime Time Iraq War Speech: The 'Pause'

We used part of this headline earlier, but I want to point out the very obvious fact that he gave this very serious and important speech when nobody w

We used part of this headline earlier, but I want to point out the very obvious fact that he gave this very serious and important speech when nobody was watching. Notice the time? Why not during the 6/9 PM block on teevee? Basra certainly had an impact. Anyway, how does McCain and Lieberman feel about the fact that Bush is going with Webb's plan. OK, so we know he's not going with Webb's actual plan, but it's the plan that they voted down when Webb wanted to spare the men and women in uniform some pain and suffering.

But McCain, a leading opponent of the Webb amendment, said it "would do more harm than good" and would force the military to withdraw troops from Iraq more rapidly than currently planned.

"This goes to the heart of the surge that is showing success in Anbar province, in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq," he said in debate on the Senate floor. "The effect of this amendment would be to emasculate this surge."

...Calling U.S. forces "overstressed . . . but not defeated," he argued that the amendment "could easily bring about their defeat" and lead to "chaos and genocide" in the region.

And of course he has to "pause" troop withdrawals:

President Bush on Thursday ordered an indefinite halt in U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq after July, embracing the key recommendations of his top war commander. Bush said Gen. David Petraeus will "have all the time he needs" to consider when more American forces could return home. Bush's decisions virtually guarantee a major U.S. presence in Iraq throughout his term in office in January, when a new president takes office.

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