It’s not breaking news that, in response to protests and plummeting polls, President Bush and company have launched a frenzied PR campaign to defend the war in Iraq. And it’s equally unsurprising that, to make the case, the president employs the soaring rhetoric of freedom and responsibility, or, as he did last week, praises the sacrifices of American families. But in comments yesterday at California’s North Island Naval Air Station, Bush rolled out a new rationale for why we should stay in Iraq:
If Zarqawi and bin Laden gain control of Iraq, they would create a new training ground for future terrorist attacks; they’d seize oil fields to fund their ambitions; they could recruit more terrorists by claiming an historic victory over the United States and our coalition.
In other words, Bush publicly acknowledged (for the first time, according to the Boston Globe) what many had already feared: he believes we need to stay the course, in part, maintain control of oil supplies in the country.
Points for honesty?