Levin On Bush's Iraq "Progress" Lies
"The President had a pre-surge strategy, a surge strategy, and now he's offered a post-surge strategy," said Levin, whose Levin-Reed amendment is under consideration in the Senate's overnight session. "What has remained constant in all these strategies is one thing: they all have an open-ended commitment of U.S. forces in the middle of Iraq's civil war."
Levin then spelled it out:
Yet month after month, year after year, the Administration has touted progress in Iraq and called for patience. It has been a litany of delusion. Just listen to President Bush’s repeated claims of progress:Imagine how many times Bush will say that between now and January 2009 if he's allowed to continue his reign of error.
- In October of 2003, President Bush stated: “We’re making progress about improving the lives of the people there in Iraq"
- On September 25, 2004, the President said: “We’re making steady progress in implementing our five-step plan toward the goal we all want: completing the mission so that Iraq is stable and self-governing, and American troops can come home...."
- On April 28, 2005, the President said: “I believe we’re really making progress in Iraq…."
- On October 28, 2005, the President said: “Iraq has made incredible political progress...."
- On November 14, 2005, the President said: “Iraqis are making inspiring progress toward building a democracy."
- On May 25, 2006, the President said: “We’re making progress on all fronts".
- On March 19, 2007, the President said: “There has been good progress."