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Fox News Revolt: Smith Says Bush Politicization Of Iraq War Strategy ‘Disgusting’

By ThinkProgress on November 16, 2006 at 2:22 pm

"Fox News Revolt: Smith Says Bush Politicization Of Iraq War Strategy ‘Disgusting’"

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The Pentagon announced today that 2,200 Marines have been ordered into the Iraqi province of Al-Anbar, “where fierce fighting has claimed at least 21 U.S. servicemembers this month.”

Reacting to the Pentagon announcement, Shephard Smith said “no one should be surprised by any of this” because it “was clear before the election that changes were essential.” But Smith pointed out, “They had to wait until after the election to make changes for political reasons, which I find disgusting.” Watch it:

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Full transcript:

MACCALLUM: You know, I just want to throw one thing into this conversation because we just got this coming from our folks at the Pentagon: 2,200 additional Marines are now headed to the Anbar province to deal with the violence there. Shephard, we’ve talked a lot–

SMITH: Ones who are already in region or one’s who have been brought from here?

MACCALLUM: These folks are coming — 15th Marine Expeditionary Force based at California’s Camp Pendleton. They’re already deployed in the region and General Abizaid is now moving them, which is the kind of movement that we’ve seen before into the difficult areas.

SMITH: No one should be surprised by any of this. It was clear before the election that changes were essential, that what we were doing was not working. The President said it. Everyone involved said it. They had to wait until after the election to make changes for political reasons, which I find disgusting. But now they’ve done that, changes are coming, and we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully somebody can come up with a plan.

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