It has taken four years of trial-and-error failure to come up with this "new" plan. As we await the response of the insurgency to Bush's new plan, we can predict 100 percent that there will be no unconditional surrender of those who hate the occupation of their country. All of the various factions fighting one another in Iraq consider our military forces an abomination that must be expelled from their country at all costs.
Bush sees a different Iraq in the future. He has made plans for a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq because he has spent billions of dollars to build American military bases throughout the country. Unless these two diametrically opposing views are reconciled, the killing will continue.
As we approach the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Bush has gambled his way to this critical stage with one bad decision after another. Why should we wait two more years for better leadership? Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be removed from office now! I call for impeachment hearings to begin immediately. Why wait until 2009 to have a woman president? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will do just fine. She certainly can't do any worse.
If Bush can be stopped, think of the lives we could save in Iraq. If Bush serves out his term, he will slink back to Crawford, Texas, deluded with the idea that democracy can be forced with a bayonet. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me five or six times, shame on me.
God bless our troops and their families.
Larry Jarrett, Warrenville, S.C.