When top Democratic leaders visited him at the White House this week, President Bush told them he wanted to “find common ground” on Iraq. But when the president said he planned to “start doing some redeployment,” the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, cut him off.
“No you’re not, Mr. President,” Ms. Pelosi interjected. “You’re just going back to the presurge level.”
She might have added that the troops aren’t being removed by choice; there’s no way to keep them there, short of further breaking the Army.
Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell is demanding that Democrats shift their attention away from Iraq and towards Social Security. Given rural Kentuckans’ well known hatred for Federal entitlement programs, dismantling Social Security is a sure winner for Mitch, but it’s still kind of surprising to see a Republican in a border state try to shift the focus from the war to domestic issues…