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Bush Speech: Iraq as Another Korea

Bush Speech: Iraq as Another Korea updated

From “Mission Accomplished” to
“Return on Success.”

Again with the mission creep. I don’t know how many times Mr. Bush has expanded our goals in Iraq, but
what he’s going to say tonight takes it around the bend and back again.

On an enduring relationship with Iraq that requires many fewer American troops:

This vision for a reduced American presence also has the support of Iraqi
leaders from all communities. At the same time, they understand that
their success will require U.S. political, economic, and security engagement
that extends beyond my presidency. These Iraqi leaders have asked for an enduring
relationship with America.
And we are ready to begin building that
relationship — in a way that protects our interests in the region and
requires many fewer American troops.

Bush speech
to the nation: advance excerpts

Mr. Bush can throw in the “fewer American troops” pony, but the the
highlighted section above is ominous. What it implies is that Mr. Bush is about
to enter into an agreement with the Maliki government that will extend beyond
his presidency and commit the U.S. permanently to Iraq. This was obviously the
plan all along, especially when you take in the largest embassy on earth, and
the football-long bases for troops.

But Korea as the model? Only in Bush’s little mind. We haven’t taken serious casualties in Korea since the late 1960s. Does anyone believe casualty rates will plummet with Bush’s soon to be announced Operation Neverending Nightmare? Just for the record, Bush has been hinting at this for a while (via email):

“Korea may be Bush’s model for Iraq, officials say”

“President Bush is looking at the decades-long U.S. troop presence in
South Korea as a model for a future U.S. role in Iraq, senior administration
officials said Thursday.” [CNN,


“With Korea as Model, Bush Team Ponders Long Support Role in

“Several visitors to the White House say that in private, he has sounded
intrigued by what he calls the “Korea model,” a reference to the
large American presence in South Korea for the 54 years since the armistice
that ended open hostilities between North and South.” [The
New York Times
, 6/3/07]


“Bush envisions U.S. presence in Iraq like S.Korea”

“White House spokesman Tony Snow said Bush would like to see a U.S.
role in Iraq ultimately similar to that in South Korea.” [Reuters,


“White House envisions ‘Korean model’ in Iraq”

“President Bush would like to see the U.S. military provide long-term
stability in Iraq as it has in South Korea, where thousands of American troops
have been based for more than half a century, the White House said Wednesday.”
Seattle Times
, 5/31/07]


“S. Korea Eyed as Model for U.S. Troops in Iraq”

“White house spokesman Tony Snow said last week that President Bush
looks to South Korea as a sort of model.” [NPR,

This new plan for a permanent commitment in Iraq, not just a long-term presence that has been Bush’s launching pad to tonight’s gem, should not go unchallenged by Congress. Of course, we’re likely to hear a chorus of we don’t have the
blah-blah-blah instead.

Oh, as an aside, the military isn’t fooled by Bush’s Iraqi hearing pageantry. The military are supporting the Democrats in droves. Sign ‘em up and get ‘em to run for office.

Iraq as another Korea?

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse.

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