At the outset of his speech tonight, Bush said, “I know many Americans have questions about the cost and direction of this war.”
But the President failed to answer the question that is foremost on the minds of most Americans — when are the troops coming home? Instead, he said the following:
I will make decisions on troop levels based on the progress we see on the ground and the advice of our military leaders – not based on artificial timetables set by politicians in Washington.
Bush has failed to follow his own advice from 1999:
I think it’s also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn. [6/5/99]