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FOX NEWS: Questioning Iraq War Tactics

You know it has to be bad when your own base begins to question your planning and management of your policies, especially amongst Republicans and their "he-can-do-no-wrong" support for Bush. Perhaps the president will WAKE UP and act like a REAL leader, recognizing that "staying the course" in a failing effort is nothing but foolishness. When things are mismanaged, you change the management. The Iraq War has been mismanaged from the beginning, but moreso since the premature, self-proclaimed "Mission Accomplished" declaration more than two years ago. Yet, Rumsfield and his war planners are still in charge. For months, blind loyalists have castigated critics of the administrations management of the Iraq War as being unpatriotic, troop-hating, peacenik nuts. What then shall they say about their fellow Republicans? From Fox News (noted for their left-wing bias, wink-wink):
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Staunch supporters of the Bush administration's policy in Iraq have become more vocal and public with their concern over the way things are going there, prompting observers to suggest that even Republicans are getting nervous. "The Administration is now starting to lose its base on the war, and if this continues, it will come under increasing pressure to accelerate our withdrawal," said Larry Diamond (search), senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and former adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority (search) in Iraq. He recently penned the book, "Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq." "I have been struck that so many of the intellectual, neo-conservative supporters of the war have been quite critical of the Bush administration's management, or mismanagement, of the post-war situation in Iraq, both politically and militarily," Diamond told FOXNews.com. Andrew Bacevich (search), a Vietnam veteran and professor of international relations at Boston University, said he sees a marked shift. "There are people who view themselves on the Right, who were enthusiastic supporters of the war, who are now greatly concerned that the Bush administration or more in particular, the military, is losing its focus, its heart, and isn't fully committed," Bacevich said. "I think Bill Kristol (search) would be a good example of that." Kristol, a FOX News contributor and editor of the Weekly Standard, advocated toppling Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. But in the Aug. 15 edition of the magazine, Kristol accuses Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of "weakness and defeatism," for lowering the standards for success in Iraq and "emboldening" the enemy through his commanders' suggestion that U.S troops may come home as early as next spring if Iraqi forces are trained to secure the country in that time.

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