Bush on Iraq: It's time for buying time again

Stop us if you've heard this one before.

By Tim Grieve
Published September 13, 2007 11:05PM (UTC)
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The Associated Press says George W. Bush will ask the country tonight for "more time to let success bloom in Iraq." The Baltimore Sun says the president will be asking for "patience and sacrifice." Fox News, to its credit, puts it a little more bluntly: "Bush Wants to Buy Time," it reports.

Somehow, this all seems a little bit familiar ...


USA Today, Aug. 26, 2003: "With Nod Toward WWII, Bush Urges Patience in Iraq."

Dallas Morning News, June 11, 2004: "Bush Urges Patience With Iraqi Plans at G8 Summit."

National Public Radio, June 29, 2005: "Bush Cites Progress, Urges Patience on Iraq."


MSNBC, Nov. 30, 2005: "Bush: Iraq Conflict 'Will Take Time and Patience.'''

CBS News, March 13, 2006: "Bush Urges Patience Amid Iraq Violence."

New York Times, June 14, 2006: "After Iraq Visit, Bush Urges Patience."

New York Times, Oct. 26, 2006: "Conceding Missteps, Bush Urges Patience on Iraq."


New York Sun, Dec. 29, 2006: "Bush: More Time Needed to Craft Iraq Strategy."

Financial Times, Jan. 24, 2007: "Analysis: Bush Tries to Buy Some Time."

International Herald Tribune, March 19, 2007: "Bush Asks for Patience on Iraq."

Reuters, July 20, 2007: "Bush Seeks More Time for Iraq Strategy."


Reuters, Aug. 25, 2007: "Bush Pleads for More Patience for Iraq War Efforts."

Boston Globe, Sept. 1, 2007: "Iraqi Civilian Deaths Up, Bush Urges Patience."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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