Bush's July Surprise for Iraq

The President is trying to fend off a Republican rebellion over the war. But broad-brush propaganda may not work this time

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U.S. President George W. Bush poses with U.S. militray paratroopers undergoing training during a tour of Fort Benning, Georgia, January 11, 2007. Bush's visit comes a day after a live television address on his administration's U.S. military strategy and the situation in Iraq from the White House.

"I want to talk about the war we're in," the President of the United States said in Cleveland, and then he sighed, an exhausted ahhhhh. "I didn't want to be a war President," he continued, and the stage was set for George W. Bush to say something real as the Senate was beginning debate, yet again, on motions to start a withdrawal from Iraq. But George W. Bush has demonstrated only an intermittent relationship with reality about Iraq. He has trotted out the same old ironclad abstractions--"Our enemies will stop at nothing ..." and "Freedom is God's gift to man"--for four...

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