Politics has become so divisive that liberals in America really and truly believe that President Bush is utterly delusional. The rest of the country disagrees in varying degrees. It's clear, however, which side AP reporter Jennifer Loven is on. Hat tip: Power Line:
Confronted with strong opposition to his Iraq policies, President
Bush decides to interpret public opinion his own way. Actually, he
says, people agree with him.
Democrats view the November elections that gave them control of
Congress as a mandate to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq. They're
backed by evidence; election exit poll surveys by The Associated Press
and television networks found 55 percent saying the U.S. should
withdraw some or all of its troops from Iraq.
The president says Democrats have it all wrong: the public doesn't
want the troops pulled out - they want to give the military more
support in its mission.
'Last November, the American people said they were frustrated and
wanted a change in our strategy in Iraq,' he said April 24, ahead of a
veto showdown with congressional Democrats over their desire to
legislation a troop withdrawal timeline. 'I listened. Today, General
David Petraeus is carrying out a strategy that is dramatically
different from our previous course.'
Increasingly isolated on a war that is going badly, Bush has
presented his alternative reality in other ways, too. He expresses
understanding for the public's dismay over the unrelenting sectarian
violence and American losses that have passed 3,400, but then asserts
that the public's solution matches his.
Nothing she says is inaccurate. But it's what she doesn't say that matters. Many polls do show that the public disagrees with Bush but they also do not accept Democrats' immediate withdrawal plans.