Wednesday 26th of January 2022

down the rabbit hole .....

down the rabbit hole .....

 

from the Center for American Progress …..

‘CNN reports that President Bush is "expected to announce his new Iraq strategy in an address to the nation early next week." According to the BBC, "The speech will reveal a plan to send more US troops to Iraq." The Pentagon is already drafting plans "extending U.S. military units already in Iraq and moving troops from other locations" in anticipation of the announcement. One thing that hasn't been decided: what the extra troops would do in the middle of a civil war. The BBC reports "The exact mission of the extra troops in Iraq is still under discussion." Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) says Bush's plan for escalation in Iraq is "Alice in Wonderland," adding, "I'm absolutely opposed to sending any more troops to Iraq. It is folly."

OPERATION BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: The Washington Times reports, "One official who was sent the briefing slides for various surge options said he was struck with the lack of new ideas after an intense three-month review process inside the Bush administration." Indeed, during "the last six months the United States has increased, or 'surged,' the number of American troops in Baghdad by 12,000, yet the violence and deaths of Americans and Iraqis has climbed alarmingly, averaging 960 a week since the latest troop increase." From Feb. 2004 to March 2005 we increased the number of U.S. troops from 115,000 to 150,000. There was no impact on the amount of violence in Iraq. Since June, we've increased the number of U.S. troops in Iraq by about 14,000, from 126,000 to 140,000. Violence has only increased.

GENERAL DISMISSAL: Just weeks ago, CentCom commander Gen. John Abizaid told Congress, "I met with every divisional commander, General Casey, the core commander, General Dempsey, we all talked together. And I said, in your professional opinion, if we were to bring in more American Troops now, does it add considerably to our ability to achieve success in Iraq? And they all said no." Abizaid explained, "[T]he reason is because we want the Iraqis to do more. It is easy for the Iraqis to rely upon to us do this work. I believe that more American forces prevent the Iraqis from doing more, from taking more responsibility for their own future." Now both Gen. Abizaid and Gen. Casey are on their way out.

OPPOSITION ESCALATING: Bush's plan for escalation in Iraq is incredibly unpopular with the American people. A recent CNN poll found that just 11 percent of Americans support sending more troops to Iraq. It's not much more popular in Congress. Conservative columnist Robert Novak reports "in pressing for a surge of 30,000 more troops, will have trouble finding support from more than 12 out of 49 Republican senators."

WHAT CONGRESS CAN DO: Congress doesn't have to give Bush a blank check for troop increases in Iraq. A new report by the Center for American Progress recommends that Congress "place an amendment on the supplemental funding bill that states that if the administration wants to increase the number of troops in Iraq above 150,000, it must provide a plan for their purpose and require an up or down vote on exceeding that number." The report states that sending more troops now "will only increase the Iraqi dependence on us, deplete our own strategic reserve, force the United States to extend the tours of those already deployed, send back soldiers and Marines who have not yet spent at least a year at home, and deploy units that are not adequately trained or equipped for the deployments."’

usama bin bush .....

‘Hey there you old cowpoke! Now you’ve "decided" what to do about Iraq. Abandoning "stay the course" for "a new way forward," you have decided on a "surge" of troops. During Viet Nam days we used to call this an "escalation." So… what’s the difference?

Just like the other bonehead decisions you’ve made, this one will bomb… repeatedly along Iraqi roads. More American troops and Iraqi civilians will die, and more people around the world will hate Americans. Added to the staggering loss of the stability of the dollar, you have managed to morally bankrupt the United States of America.

Who are you working for anyhow? The American people or Osama bin Laden? It was bin Laden who boasted in November 2004: "every dollar of al-Qaeda defeated a million dollars by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs." Your agenda certainly has suited bin Laden’s agenda to a "T."’

Dear Dubya: Time for a Military Makeover

strategic update from the outhouse .....

The "surge" becomes a "bump." A State Department official says that President Bush is considering sending "no more than 15,000 to 20,000 U.S. troops" to Iraq. "Instead of a surge, it is a bump," said a State Department official.

surging-

it's not a surge, it's not a bump, it's a figleaf over that part of shrub where he keeps his brains.

the corpse of american imperial policy must simulate life through activity but even bible clutching fundamentalist voters are starting to notice that american casualties have no visible result.

god knows what they will do when the military says "we're tired of being shot, bombed,and spat on."

since many prominent republicans are already evincing disdain for dubya's policy and management, he might be publicly repudiated in congress.

i am not sure it would do any good, since the social mechanisms that put him there remain unchanged. the careers of nixon and regan should convince you that bush is typical of politician rule.

bush, and howard here at home, are simply politicians, people who aspire to power and who use that power when they get it. everyone who votes for a politician legitimizes howard, or bush.

if you don't like the result- stop legitimizing them.

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