Experts React to President's Report

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

September 14, 2007

The newest developments from the President's oval office are U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq is the next step for success.

"Our success in meeting these objectives now allows us to begin bringing some of our troops home,” said President Bush.

Some experts say this could be a sign the president is waking up and smelling reality.

“I think part of it is a reaction to sort of the reality of just the number of troops that are available and the army's advice that you do have to bring them out and refresh them from time to time,” said Matt Smyth, UVa Center for Politics.

Smyth said to start pulling troops out is not defeat for the president. Right now it is too early to define what defeat is. However, he added the president's commitment to achieve the success in Iraq can still be heard loud and clear.

“I think in the speech in the president's remarks you still saw a commitment to the overall goal of a secure democracy in Iraq,” Smyth said.

After Thursday night's address Smyth predicts the president could see a short term increase in his approval ratings.

“I think there is a potential there although the president's shown that he is a highly polarizing individual. A lot of people either really like him or really dislike him,” Smyth said adding if those approval ratings increase it could be good news for the Republican Party come this November.

Another progress report in Iraq will be presented to congress in March.


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