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March 21, 2006
Let Me Explain

What this means, in case you can't interpret.

President Bush made it clear Tuesday that there will be American troops in Iraq when he leaves office and it will be his successor's job to bring them home.

Does the non-history buff have any idea who got us into Vietnam?

No, what we most remember is the President tasked with getting us out of the quagmire.

Also? As long as we're still there, fighting, and listening to the White House make grandiose speeches about how well it's all going, we haven't technically lost the war. Looks to me like they're leaving it for someone else to lose.

(Which also suggests they're pretty sure the next White House occupant will come from the Democratic Party?)

Posted by AnneZook at 06:17 PM


I disagree, to an extent. Nixon got blamed for a lot because he oversaw the most vicious six years of the war, and because it was a centerpiece of his campaigning. But LBJ gets a lot of the blame as well, for overseeing six years or so of escalation rather than problem solving.... true, Kennedy and Eisenhower and Truman get a pass, mostly because they never let it get "out of hand" the way LBJ and Nixon did.

Ford, on the other hand, is the guy who ended the war for real, and he gets hardly any credit for it at all.

By the time he leaves office, Bush will have overseen five years worth: more than enough, given our current level of over-comittment, for him to get lots of blame.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at March 21, 2006 08:12 PM

Typical attitude of someone who has had someone to clean up his messes all his life.

Posted by: Lab Kat at March 22, 2006 10:55 AM