Tony Snow, a White House press Secretary, says that the United States is changing its strategy on the War in Iraq and Bush will no longer be saying the phrase,‘Stay the course’. The US will not be issuing any ultimatums to Iraq and the shifts will not be dramatic. CNN.com reports Snow as sayig, “He stopped using it,” and continued to add that the phrase gave an impression of unyielding change in the War on Terror, which, Snow claims,is not the case. John Kerry believes the phrase has been dumped just in time for the mid-term elections, even though Bush continues to pursue a strategy with no hope of succeeding.

Kerry’s thoughts probably aren’t far from the truth. For a man that has uttered the phrase, ‘stay the course’ more times than can be counted, it must be a sign of realization on Bush’s part, that his efforts, just aren’t succeeding and won’t. Bush has recently suffered a withdrawl of support from even his most ardent Republican, conservative backers. From CNN , “Already, Republicans are showing divisions on Iraq policy. Fresh skepticism has come from Senate Armed Services Chairman John Warner of Virginia, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, a longtime Bush family loyalist.”

Senator Kerry may have remained mum on Bush’s war policy during the 2004 Presidential Election, in which he was the contender, but he’s not being quiet now. Kerry said, “One day President Bush invites comparisons to Vietnam. The next day Vice President (Dick) Cheney says Iraq is going remarkably well, and everyday the civil war intensifies and young Americans continue to die. It is time to get tough with the Iraqis. Our own generals argue there’s no military solution in Iraq. We can’t wait a year for a political solution in Iraq.”

Bush did agree that the recent upsurge in violence in Iraq is reminiscent of a tactic used by North Vietnamese guerrilla forces at a crucial point during the Vietnam War . Bush made the comment in an interview with ABC News. He was asked if he agreed with a NY Times reporter who compared the War in Iraq with the Tet Offensive during Vietnam. Maybe Bush isn’t aware of what the Tet Offensive was. Considered by many to be the turning point and subsequent loss of the Vietnam War for Americans, surely Bush could have better thought out that statement.

Will the dropping of Bush’s now famous phrase save the 2006 mid-term elections? “Bush, in his own get-out-the-vote appeal, told Republicans: ‘The consequences of not succeeding this fall are dire for our agenda for America’.” Did he really just say that? It seems Bush fears his plans to shape America and her agenda’s will fast slip away if the Republicans do not maintain majority hold.Does it bother any one else to hear our President say that? It’s reminiscant of a can of worms I don’t want to open by mentioning. I’ll leave you to your own conclusions and thoughts on the matter. Democrats need a six seat gain in the Senate and 15 in the House in order to claim both.

Bush,with only a little over two years remaining in the White House ,is riding on a big risk. ‘The loss of either house in voting next month could hasten Bush’s descent into a lame-duck presidency. “If he loses one house here, President Bush will enter the last two years very wounded,” said David Gergen, a former White House adviser who served in the administrations of Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. “He will have the capacity to say no to Democratic legislation, but he won’t have the capacity to say yes to his own legislation,” said Gergen, who teaches at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.’

This year’s mid-term elections will be closely watched, with each side, more than ever, hoping to secure victory. If the Democrats do gain control, Bush’s last two years in Office will be spent in a series of tug-of-wars on the House and Senate floors. In this case, Americans should be prepared for a slatwart of forces and should expect little legislation to be passed if a shift of power is successful.


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