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Three years later, the Bush Iraq strategy is just a public relations strategy

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Bush's Iraq strategy has become nothing more than an effort to bolster his pathetic approval rating. He really thinks if he uses code words like "victory," it will make a difference. The American people have smartened up after three years of hearing it:

On the eve of the third anniversary of the Iraq invasion, President Bush yesterday promised to "finish the mission" with "complete victory," urging the American public to remain steadfast but offering no indication when victory may be achieved.

"More fighting and sacrifice will be required," Bush said in his weekly radio address. "For some, the temptation to retreat and abandon our commitments is strong. Yet there is no peace, there's no honor and there's no security in retreat. So America will not abandon Iraq to the terrorists who want to attack us again."
And as John noted below, AP busted Bush for using "straw man arguments" when he uses a term like "for some":
When the president starts a sentence with "some say" or offers up what "some in Washington" believe, as he is doing more often these days, a rhetorical retort almost assuredly follows.

The device usually is code for Democrats or other White House opponents. In describing what they advocate, Bush often omits an important nuance or substitutes an extreme stance that bears little resemblance to their actual position.

He typically then says he "strongly disagrees" — conveniently knocking down a straw man of his own making.
Bush knocks down straw men regularly. That's the only victory he's achieving.

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