I may have more to say later about Arizona Senator John McCain’s speech today at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) on the Iraq war.
go on C-SPAN regularly and give specifics about our progress and work to change public opinion.
In follow-up, I noted that he’s not president and that the guy who currently holds the post has not shown much aptitude for either specifics or public speaking. McCain responded that Bush is decent in the right setting and that he should probably hold a lot of small, informal meetings with reporters where he has a map and points out various spots on the map where we’re having success.
I think McCain got this right, that the president has not done a good enough job of promoting his policies, particularly about the war to the American people. I think a lot more people would support his efforts if he more regularly made clear why we’re in Iraq and better articulated our goals in the region. Unlike both of his two-term predecessors, George W. Bush seems reluctant to use the bully pulpit to advance his agenda — and show how it serves our national interest.
And I also want to address the points Senator McCain has been making for several years about changing the strategy in Iraq to one similar to that currently in place.