NBC News, as is typical with most media, played the debate over troop reductions in Iraq as a “He said–She said” without even checking what they said.
President Bush’s statement is the same thing he has said for the past two years.
Any troop reductions will be based on the situation on the ground and made by the Commanders who can reverse course and throw out their plan depending on the conditions on the ground.
Now, the Dems are claiming that was their plan–ignoring their cut-and-run-rhetoric over the past two years.
Carl Levin was the Dem talking head for NBC today.
But NBC, with all their vast resouces, doesn’t know how to use Google.
Because somehow they missed this plan by Democrat John Murtha.
And this Democrat plan by John Kerry.
And they also missed Levin’s criticism of Bush’s constant refrain of staying as long as needed and decisions on deployment being made by the commanders, not a timetable imposed by the U.S. Senate.
…our military forces can’t stay in Iraq indefinitely and if they do not reach a political settlement by the end of the year – one way or another – we must consider a timetable for our withdrawal.
On July 8, 2005 Levin said:
Indeed, the only exit strategy the President has laid out thus far is that “as Iraqis stand up, we will stand down
The President’s mantra on Iraq – “stay the course” – is a bumper sticker slogan, not a strategy. It is a continuation of the Administration’s pattern of wishful thinking that imagined we would be hailed as liberators in Iraq and that the mission was accomplished.
We should use that leverage – the timing of American troop reductions – to motivate the Iraqis to make the necessary compromises to achieve the broadly based political settlement that is essential for defeating the insurgency. I believe we should tell the Iraqis that if they fail to reach such a solution by the timeline they have set forth we will consider a timetable for the reduction of U.S. forces.
Consider for example the message the President sent in his radio address this past week when he said, “We have stood by the Iraqi people through two elections, and we will stand by them until they have established a free nation that can govern itself, sustain itself, and defend itself.” That is essentially what the Secretary of State has said – we’re there as long as we are needed. This open, unlimited, unconditional commitment is exactly the wrong message to send to Iraqis.
Again on Sept. 29, 2005:
I believe that, if the Iraqis do not come together to reach a political solution by the end of the year (adopting the draft constitution in the face of the overwhelming opposition of one of the three main Iraqi groups, doesn’t meet that description), we must consider a timetable for the withdrawal of our forces.
Notice the constant use of the word timetable in conjunction with the word withdrawal.
NBC’s failure to show the Democrats various plans for immediate or a timetable withdrawal is par for the course with the Legacy Media.
That NBC glossed over Murtha’s plans, Kerry’s plans and the constant Democrat demands for a timetable is to be expected, and shows the contempt they have for viewers who know how to use Google.