In a speech at the University of Minnesota yesterday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell blasted the Bush administration’s “stay the course” policy in Iraq:
“Only the Iraqi people can resolve this,” Powell said.
U.S. troops have to stay in Iraq for “some time,” he said. “But there is a limit to the patience of the American people.”
…In Iraq, “staying the course isn’t good enough because a course has to have an end,” Powell said.
The White House is trying to distance themselves from the phrase “stay the course.” But it aptly describes a strategy that has not changed in spite of repeated failures. Moreover, President Bush and top administration officials continue to use it. Here’s a video retrospective:
Powell’s objection to the “stay the course” strategy is grounded in the Powell doctrine, which states: “We owe it to the men and women who go in harm’s way to make sure…that their lives are not squandered for unclear purposes.”