The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), has recommended that President Bush engage in "fireside chats," such as the ones President Franklin D. Roosevelt held during World War II.
The radio messages sent out by Roosevelt allowed the country to feel connected to the events occurring overseas and showed Americans that their president was in tune with the war.
While there are few similarities between either Roosevelt and Bush or the invasion of Iraq and World War II, we at the Collegian feel that resuming these "chats," would benefit the country as a whole.
Any discussions regarding Iraq, coming from the president, without a non-partisan moderator, would no doubt be staged and full of rhetoric. Regardless of this, it would still force the president to acknowledge and discuss the present day issues.
War is full of harsh realities. Images and numbers regarding American and Iraqi deaths have been largely ignored by the administration in favor of focusing on the "larger picture."
A weekly forum would force the president to discuss the day-to-day strategies, progress and losses occurring in Iraq. Soldiers dying would no longer be simply additions to a grim death total, they would gain legitimacy by being acknowledged by the president.
Perhaps most beneficial of such a weekly discussion would be the president himself. By being forced to continuously recognize and acknowledge what is occurring in the war he created, the president may become more resigned to devise a viable strategy for victory and withdrawal from Iraq.