Getting Around Bush

The President won't budge on Iraq. Here's an ingenious way the Democrats can get him to compromise

"Listen, I understand Republicans and Democrats in Washington have differences over the best course in Iraq," President Bush said on April 16, in an attempt to appear flexible. "That's healthy. That's normal. And we should debate those differences." Nonsense. The President has no interest in debating anything. In fact, the current legislative argument over Iraq is right in his comfort zone. He can stand "with the troops"; he can argue that the Democrats want to leave the U.S. military naked in Babylon. He can do what he has done throughout—politicize the war, use it as a bludgeon against Democrats instead of...

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