BUSH'S LATEST WAR STRATEGY

I once belonged to the Book-of the-Month Club, as well as the Beer-of-the-Month Club – but, I tell you, one thing I can’t subscribe to is George W’s Iraq-Strategy-of-the-Month Club.

I once belonged to the Book-of the-Month Club, as well as the Beer-of-the-Month Club – but, I tell you, one thing I can’t subscribe to is George W’s Iraq-Strategy-of-the-Month Club.

The original strategy was to find Weapons of Mass Destruction. That failed. Then there was the Bring-Democracy-to-Iraq strategy, which has also failed in a blitzkrieg of theocracy, sectarian hatred, and civil war. Next came the We’ll-Stand-Down-As-They-Stand-Up strategy, which looked good on paper – but, alas, the Iraqi troops have not shown up, much less stood up. But wait, cried Bush, I’ve got another new strategy. We’ll “surge” 20,000 more U.S. troop into Iraq, concentrate them in Baghdad to stop the violence there, and then somehow we’ll “win.” Well, our troops have surged, but even the Pentagon admits that the violence has surged, too. Concentrating on Baghdad only spread the killing to the rest of the country and produced a spike in the killing of American soldiers. And now the violence is rising again in Baghdad.

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So, yet another policy shift is presently spinning out of the White House. This latest one is Bush’s Korean strategy. Instead of hoping for quick results from his old surge strategy, he now says we must settle into Iraq for the long haul, stationing maybe 50, 000 troops there more or less permanently, just as we’ve done in South Korea.

Even Republicans aren’t joining George’s strategy-of-the-Month Club, and their candidates are fleeing from his war. Rudy Giuliani, the GOP’s presidential frontrunner who’s posing as Mr. Tough-On Terrorism, listed the Big 12 issues of his campaign – and Iraq didn’t even make the list! Asked about this, Rudy-the-Tough-Guy weakly said: “We may be successful in Iraq; we may not be. I don’t know the answer to that. That’s in the hands of other people.”

Yeah – such other people as voters.

“Violence Rising in Much of Iraq, Pentagon Says,”
New York Times Internationa, June 14, 2007
“Civilian Toll in Iraq At’Higher Levels’,”
www.washingtonpost.com, June 12, 2007
“Romney parts ways with bush on Iraq-Korea analogy,”
www.blogs.usatoday.com, June 7, 2007
“US signals permanent stay in Iraq,”
www.csmonitor.com, June 12, 2007
“No commitment on Iraq,”
Austin American Statesman, June 17, 2007

“Battling the bastards is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.”

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