And he added by laying the groundwork for a new mistake!
From The Guardian:
George Bush made what amounted to a last throw of the dice in Iraq early this morning when he ordered 21,500 more US troops to be deployed, despite widespread scepticism about their chances of stabilising the increasingly turbulent country.
Only months after he declared that the US was winning, the president, in a 20-minute televised address from the White House, set out what he described as "a new strategy". He admitted that his administration had made serious mistakes in the course of the four-year-old conflict.
"Our past efforts to secure Baghdad failed for two principal reasons," he said. "There were not enough Iraqi and American troops to secure neighbourhoods that had been cleared of terrorists and insurgents, and there were too many restrictions on the troops we did have."
So Bush announces "a new strategy"... But what is this new strategy? More troops, more money, more violence, more death. Basically, more of the SAME OLD SHIT that Bush has been throwing at our faces for the last four years!
But can this escalation possibly work? Can we afford any more money? Can we afford any more lives? I don't think so. Our bank is already breaking, and our military is being stretched to the point of peril.
Mr Bush's decision to raise the number of troops in Iraq from 132,000 to 153,500 will put an enormous strain on the over-stretched US military. About 17,500 troops are to be sent to Baghdad, and 4,000 marines will go to Anbar province, the insurgents' heartland. The first troops are due to begin arriving within 30 days. Troops already in Iraq will have their one-year tour of duty extended by three to four months. Rules governing the frequency of overseas tours for the national guard and army reservists will be changed.
But with opposition to the war growing in the US and only two years of his presidency remaining, Mr Bush has limited time left to turn Iraq round. Although he set no timetable for Mr Maliki to deal with sectarian violence, he said: "I have made it clear to the prime minister and Iraq's other leaders that America's commitment is not open-ended."
And how does this change our "open-ended commitment"? How can Maliki deal with "sectarian violence", when the folks who are furthering this violence are the powerful forces behind Maliki? Will Bush ever admit that we are losing in Iraq? If this "surge" doesn't work this time, what would Bush propose as Iraq is mired in a masty civil war?
This escalation just won't work...
Bush just wants another carte blanche to make another terrible mistake.
How sad. : (