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updated 1/11/2007 5:09:43 PM ET 2007-01-11T22:09:43

President Bush's decision to deply 21,500 more troops to Iraq has been met by harsh criticism from both sides of the aisle. 

Tonight on Countdown, Keith Olbermann adds his voice of dissent.

Tune in to MSNBC at 8 p.m. ET to see Olbermann's special comment about the president's address last night.

You can read an excerpt below.

Mr. Bush, the question is no longer “what are you thinking?,” but rather “are you thinking at all?”

“I have made it clear to the Prime Minister and Iraq’s other leaders that America’s commitment is not open-ended,” you said last night.

And yet -- without any authorization from the public who spoke so loudly and clearly to you in November’s elections -- without any consultation with a Congress (in which key members of your own party like Sen. Brownback and Sen. Coleman and Sen. Hagel are fleeing for higher ground) -- without any awareness that you are doing exactly the opposite of what Baker-Hamilton urged you to do—you seem to be ready to make an open-ended commitment (on America’s behalf) to do whatever you want, in Iran.

Our military, Mr. Bush, is already stretched so thin by this bogus adventure in Iraq that even a majority of serving personnel are willing to tell pollsters that they are dissatisfied with your prosecution of the war.

It is so weary that many of the troops you have just consigned to Iraq, will be on their second tours, or their third tours, or their fourth tours—and now you’re going to make them take on Iran and Syria as well?

Who is left to go and fight, Sir?

Who are you going to send to “interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria”?

Laura and Barney?

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