From president Bush's press conference Wednesday:
"Victory in Iraq is achievable," he said. "It hadn't happened nearly as quickly as I hoped it would have." ... (Oh, like commander-in-chief Bush proclaimed May 1, 2003 on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in his "Mission Accomplished" photo-op?)
Bush also seemed to be hinting Americans should lower their Iraq expectations by further saying, "I'm not going to make predictions about what 2007 will look like in Iraq" (having failed miserably with his 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 Iraq predictions). Bush continued, "except that it's going to require difficult choices and additional sacrifices because the enemy is merciless and violent." This warning to Americans and their service men and women serving in Iraq from a president who couldn't complete his tour of duty in a champagne unit of the Texas Air National Guard dodging active military duty in Vietnam.
But there's hope the president's lucidity gene is slowly activating as evidenced by comments Wednesday when Bush said of his Iraq war, "We're not winning. We're not losing." Compared to two months ago when he said, "absolutely, we're winning." At this rate, expect by late January Bush will admit, "Hmm, you know, we're getting our asses kicked over there!"