"And I think that withdrawal would be totally unrealistic and would be a catastrophe."
Sound familiar? It is Hubert Humphrey at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago speaking in defense of the Vietnam War.
President Bush says:
[Setting a timetable for withdrawal would be a] "prescription for chaos and confusion"... "Setting a deadline for withdrawal would demoralize the Iraqi people, would encourage killers across the broader Middle Eastand send a signal that America will not keep its commitments" ... "Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure."
Of course, when it comes to the President's logic, history does not repeat.
George W. Bush, 4/9/99:
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
George W. Bush, 6/5/99
"I think it's also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn."Now, in the middle of his Iraq debacle, he speaks differently
George W. Bush, 6/24/05:
"It doesn't make any sense to have a timetable. You know, if you give a timetable, you're — you're conceding too much to the enemy."
He's been right so rarely in regards to military action, it's truly a shame to see him turn away from those statements that were right.