Daniel Froomkin writes:
Just More of the Same?: Dana Milbank highlights Bush's new rhetorical device in his Washington Post column: "It's 'a difficult chore, and it's hard work' in Iraq, Bush asserted. 'It's hard to stop suicide bombers, and it's hard to stop these people that, in many cases, are being smuggled into Iraq from outside Iraq. It's hard to stop them.'"Bush alluded to high levels of difficulty no fewer than 19 times in his 33-minute appearance. The Iraqi government faces 'monumental tasks,' he said. 'The way ahead is not going to be easy.' In case somebody napped through that, he repeated: 'It's difficult. . . . It's tough work, and it's hard.'
It's hard work to fight risk death in Iraq. It's not hard work to send a third of the troops needed to Iraq. It's not hard work to misuse the finest high-tech soldiers in the world as military policy in a country where they don't speak the language. It's not hard work to lie.