McClatchy Washington Bureau reported Top Democrats in Congress left a White House meeting with President Bush on Friday frustrated over what they perceived as his reluctance to embrace major recommendations from the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.
Gee, maybe the fact that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Supreme National Security Council headed by Ali Larijani, as well as other senior Iranian officials like the idea might have something to do with why Bush does not totally embrace the report. He may even agree with the NY Post that Baker and Hamilton are 'Surrender Monkeys'Democrats stressed to Bush in separate meetings the dire need for the administration to revamp its Iraq policy, but they don't expect him to embrace all 79 recommendations made this week by the panel, which was chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind.
That is good, we don't want then to be too disappointed.Bush said he talked about "the need for a new way forward in Iraq" in his morning session with leaders from both parties and chambers of Congress, "and we talked about the need to work together on this important subject." But some Democrats came away unconvinced that major changes were coming.
I suspect that major changes are coming, but hopefully they will not mean abandoning Iraq to become another terrorist training ground like Afganistan was. I would much rather see our military confront the Islamoterrists in Baghdad and Basrah rather than Boston, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Bismarck, Boise, Buffalo, Broken Arrow, or Beaumont; in Mosul rather than Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Mobile, Memphis, Muskogee, or Mesquite; in Karkuk and Karbala rather than Kansas City, Knoxville, Ketchum, or Kilgore; in Tall Afar and Tikrit rather than Tulsa, Tallahassee, Tampa Bay, Terre Haute, Toledo, Topeka, Tucson, Tahlequah, Texas City, or Texarkana. What? You don't believe they would come here? Did you think that 19 al Qaeda could come from training camps in Afganistan and use airplanes to take down the Twin Towers in 9/11/2001? Want to see what a lot more Islamoterrorists can do, dispatched from a country much more accessable to transportation anywhere in the world than Afganistan.