Under increased pressure to announce an exit strategy from Iraq, President George W. Bush revealed plans today to bring U.S. troops home on the budget airlines JetBlue.
Mr. Bush received praise for his decision to withdraw American troops, but his choice of JetBlue to transport them raised more than a few eyebrows.
According to most official estimates, with its recent spate of scheduling problems and flight delays, JetBlue could take up to seven years to bring U.S. troops home, and possibly ten years in the event of inclement weather.
But at a press conference at the White House today, the president argued that the selection of Jet Blue was â€œcrucialâ€ to the success of his latest exit strategy.
â€œSetting an exact timetable for a withdrawal from Iraq would be playing right into the enemyâ€™s hands,â€ Mr. Bush said. â€œBy going with JetBlue, our enemy will have no idea when weâ€™re leaving.â€
To emphasizes his point, Mr. Bush added, â€œAnd neither will we.â€
Across Iraq, U.S. GIs were hopeful that the news about JetBlue meant that they would be home by Christmas, or at least by Easter 2012.