September 13th, 2007
08:47 PM ET
11 years ago

Analysis: Is Bush selling success or buying time?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Many are wondering what President Bush will say in his prime-time speech to the nation about the Iraq war, but it's worth noting one phrase they surely will not hear: "Stay the course."

The president gave up that phrase long ago because it was further complicating efforts to sell a war with sliding public support.

But the fundamental question looming over the president's eighth prime-time address on Iraq is this: Regardless of how the president packages this progress report, will it amount to a de facto stay-the-course battle plan?

Full story: Analysis: Is Bush selling success in Iraq or buying time?

- CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry

Filed under: Iraq • President Bush
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  1. Tomas Today, Austin, Texas

    People are actually wondering what Bush will say? You've got to be kidding!!! Why doesn't CNN or some other major media organization do what they use to do back in the 70's (think NIXON) and do real journalistic INVESTIGATIONS!!! Sadly, a tractor with a chain couldn't pull Bush's head out of his rear end!!! I think most informed people know exactly what he is going to say.

    September 13, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Connie, Tn.

    He's just buying time. Since the Congress won't cut off funding, he knows he will get his way. His plan is to hand it off to the next administration. Hopefully that will be a Democrat with some guts.

    September 13, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. Rogue Cowboy

    Listening to Petraeus and Crocker this week I heard Al Qaeda this, Al Qaeda that, Al Qaeda will establish terrorist training camps if we leave , Al Qaeda's influence will spread to all the other nations in the region, Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda, and Al Qaeda.

    How many Al Qaeda terrorists did they say have been killed or captured since the "SURGE" began? They could not recall!
    How many Al Qaeda terrorists did they say are still in Iraq? They do not have a current estimate!
    How long did they say will it take to kill or capture the remaining Al Qaeda in Iraq? They will get to Congress in March 2008 with an Estimate!
    How has 100,000 Iraqi's per month are being displaced from their homes since the surge began to refugee camps, other nations to other areas of the same ethnicity affected the reduction in VIOLENCE? It has had some affect but we can not quantify it.
    How long did they say will it take to "WIN" the WAR? We can only see 4 – 6 months into the future and we will not have won by then. We will give you a update in March 2008.
    Did General Petraeus say the War in Iraq was making us safer here in the homeland? He said: " I'm not sure it is making America safer."

    Note: The estimates of the size of Al Qaeda in Iraq according the Brookings Institution Iraq Index was less than 10 in January 2003, about 3000 in July 2006, and about 5000 in July 2007. The Reuters factbox talley indicates we have killed less than 200 since Jan. 2007.
    The size of the Iraq Security Force is over 350,000 and over 200,000 of them can operate with minimal or no US Troop Support.What will they be doing if we draw down to a typical peacekeeping force of 45,000 troops?

    I can not wait for Bushy to give me some straight answers.

    Jim Frego
    Grants Pass, OR

    September 13, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Laina Wood Casillas, El Sobrante, CA

    Bush is buying time so that the inevitable calamity ensuing from our inevitable departure – whether it is now or later – will not be something he has to watch from the drivers seat.

    People are dying to give this arrogant, limited man a political fig leaf – and a place to hide his sorry soul when the consequences of this monstrous, inexcusable war are fully laid before the eyes of even those most determinedly in denial.

    The war was a lie and a mistake. Its execution has been a series of lies and mistakes. The only possible outcome is some form of destruction. Bush would like to be well out of office when that destruction is finally beyond the cover of lies, and we finally depart a land which is not ours.

    May God have mercy on his soul. And may he bless the dead, those soon to die, and the untold thousands who mourn.

    Such has it always been when the power of the powerful is absolute.

    September 14, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  5. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    Buying time. this will all take so long as to leave no room for adjustment. He leaves office keeping his insane policy on track. Not a very hard question. But he will be retired then, and have plenty of time to wash the blood off of his hands.

    September 14, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Mia, Stafford, VA


    September 14, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |