The interview triggered a flood of angry e-mail as the impression grows that Republican leaders are not only not supporting the war, but pretending to do so even as they offer resolutions in both chambers that can only be seen as votes of no confidence in President Bush, Secretary of Defense Gates, General Petraeus and the troops.
HH: What do you think the enemy thinks about your benchmark proposal?
JB: Uh, I think it helps the administration. I think it puts pressure on the Iraqi government to step up. If you look at the President’s proposal, it’s dependent upon the relatively new Iraqi government to step up and do what it has to do. And I think that having these benchmarks out there send a very clear signal to the Iraqis that we’re going to expect them to do what they have to do.
HH: But the question was what do you think the enemy thinks about your resolution?
JB: We’re measuring progress. We’re measuring success.
HH: But do you think the enemy thinks it’s a bad thing that you’ve put this into place?
JB: I don’t think so.