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Posted by on Jan 4, 2007 in At TMV | 2 comments

Playing games with life and death

It seems that President Bush will announce his “new” strategy for Iraq next week. This strategy, however spun, will include as a key component a “surge” of troops into Baghdad in a last-ditch effort to provide security and quell the insurgency. Abizaid, Casey, and the other top generals in Iraq do not think that a surge of troops — that is, a short-term troop increase — will “add considerably to our ability to achieve success in Iraq,” in Abizaid’s recent words to Congress. But no matter. Bush and his allies have consistently placed political considerations above military ones (just read Woodward), and NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski is reporting that an administration official has “admitted… that this surge option is more of a political decision than a military one”. Which is entirely in keeping with how this disastrous war has been waged.

In the end — and we may almost be there — this war is all about the politics of George W. Bush. Explain that to the families who have lost loved ones in Iraq.

Think Progress has the video and transcript here.

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  • Kim Ritter

    This is the way I have viewed this misbegotten strategy all along, Michael. It isn’t about what can actually be achieved by sending more troops, but about avoiding a legacy for Bush of retreat and defeat in his administration’s signature policy. The WH is using spin and distortion, as usual, to sell this idea. Even new Sec Def Gates lost his independence and became another Bush minion, whose new goal in life is to make his boss look good in the history books.
    This president is a master of manipulation rather than good governance.

    The recent funeral of Gerry Ford reminded me of how far we have come from fairness and moderation in our foreign policy. The danger has always been that as the world’s sole superpower with superior military technology, that we would give in to the temptation to abuse that power. Eisenhower wisely warned in 1961 about the growing power of the military-industrial complex, and its push towards involving us in conflict, It appears that has occurred in Iraq.

  • Rudi

    The surge in July and August worked so well (LOL) we will try it again. Maybe someone created a Powerpoint presentation to explain Iraq to W. I am waiting for him to strum another guitar while Balad burns again.

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