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“Can’t Defeat ‘Concepts'”

Posted by scorpiomkm on January 23, 2007

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Bush to defend Iraq troop buildup plan

By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 

WASHINGTON – In his first State of the Union address to a Democratic-controlled Congress,  President Bush will urge that gasoline consumption be slashed by 20 percent, the White House said, and try to dissuade lawmakers ready to resist his  Iraq war build up.

In Tuesday night’s address before a joint session of Congress, Bush was not expected to rehash the speech he gave less than two weeks ago laying out his revamped war plan. Instead, he was expected in the 9 p.m. EST speech to broadly defend his argument that success in Iraq is indispensable to making Americans safer in the era of terrorism.

Bush was not going to ignore the range of Iraq resolutions now pending on Capitol Hill that express everything from doubt to outright opposition. He planned, indeed, to make it clear how he thought they should vote when the various anti-war resolutions come to the House and Senate floors, said a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid upstaging the president.

Democrats scheduled freshman Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. a Vietnam war veteran who opposed Bush’s invasion of Iraq, to deliver their televised response.

“They don’t have a plan,” Webb said in a preview of his remarks. “What they have put on the table is more a tactical adjustment.”

Bush will say that the fuel-use goal of slashing consumption by 20 percent by 2017 can be achieved primarily through a sharp escalation in the amount of ethanol and other alternative fuels the federal government mandates must be produced. The rest of the reduction is to come from raising fuel economy standards for passenger cars, Joel Kaplan, White House deputy chief of staff, told reporters in a briefing several hours ahead of before Bush’s televised prime-time speech.

Also in the energy arena, the president is asking Congress to double the current capacity of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. A protection against emergency oil market disruptions, the reserve can now hold about 727 million barrels, and Congress has authorized it to go to 1 billion. Bush wants the capacity increased further, to 1.5 billion barrels.

The president was going before lawmakers with a much-abbreviated topic list, hoping to capture the public’s attention at a time when 2008 presidential contenders and Capitol Hill’s new Democratic leaders present fierce competition for headlines. So he is dangling new and recycled ideas in four main areas — energy, education, immigration and health care.

With debate over the Iraq war sending even Republicans scurrying away from the president and his relatively low job approval rating, Bush’s overall agenda for the speech was twofold: present himself as a leader with a sincere desire to work across party lines on practical solutions and pressure Democratic leaders to either go along or offer alternatives.

The White House promised the president would be bold. But spiraling war expenses and huge federal deficits preclude anything too costly.

He also was to announce plans for a “state of the economy” speech next week from a location outside Washington, an address intended to further explain his pledges to achieve a budget surplus within five years, reduce the congressional practice of “earmarking” pet projects and confront financial challenges facing  Social Security and Medicare.

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Trust me: Bush really dreads going before Congress tonight!  : )

Wouldn’t you?

I mean ~ there you are, about to Address a Democratic Congress that today is Democrat because of YOUR Foreign Policy blunders.

There ya be ~ with ‘Approval Ratings’ lower then the temperature in Green Bay, Wisconsin!!

And there you stand, looking into the camera KNOWING that over the weekend nearly 100 American Troops were killed in Iraq!

If THIS ADMINISTRATION were a World Championship boxing match …. they’d stop it by now.

I’ve said all along, that by framing what happened militarily as a result of 911 as a “War Against Terror”, that right there causes whatever one attempts to do to defeat it (Terror) in a ‘Failure Mode’ right from the ‘get go’. Why:

Because the concept of ‘Terrorism’ is just that: a Concept. And it’s damn near impossible to defeat a Concept. Just as the “War on Hunger” or the “War on Drugs” or the “War on Poverty” were impossible Issues to defeat.

By increasing the number of Troops inIraq, that in itself DOES NOT solve the Problem. “Troop Surge” is NOT a strategy for Victory because: 1) a ‘troop surge’ is merely a military strategy to prolong an existing  Problem; and 2) a ‘troop surge’ has zero effect against a “Concept” (Terrorism).

As a Nation, we’ve spent BILLIONS of dollars, wasted THOUSANDS of Lives (both Iraqi, British, and American), and split our nation in two all because Bush decided to chase a “Concept”.

Sad.

“And Ladies & Gentlemen ….

the President of the United States!”

                                  Brother.

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