Bush vs. Congress Over the War
Re “Bush Rules Out Bid by Congress for Iraq Pullout” (front page, March 29):
President Bush’s reference to Iraq withdrawal as “defeat” is a cheap attempt to appeal to our aversion to losing a competition.
War is not a competition; proving our strength is not a goal.
Mr. Bush is free to argue that a withdrawal would cause more suffering than it would prevent, but he must stop speaking of the war as if it were a sport.
Losing a contest is painful, but losing good people every day is more so.