Bush's New Iraq Plan Years Late And Dollars Short
As we suggested yesterday, regardless of the Baker/Hamilton report, Bush will set the stage to not only stay the course but to put more troops into Baghdad as one last try to secure the capital.
President George Bush has told senior advisers that the US and its allies must make "a last big push" to win the war in Iraq and that instead of beginning a troop withdrawal next year, he may increase US forces by up to 20,000 soldiers, according to sources familiar with the administration's internal deliberations.
He’s going to undertake four steps that should have been undertaken two years ago, some of which I have been calling for as well. He wants to secure the capital with more troops without identifying where those troops will come from.
He wants more regional cooperation yet he hasn’t convened a summit, sealed the borders, asked neighboring countries for help and troops, and is still unwilling to talk with Iran and Syria.
He wants to prod the Iraqis into more national reconciliation efforts without explaining why they would do this now if they haven’t done it yet.
And he wants more money from Congress for more troop deployments and training of Iraqi forces without explaining where those troops and that money will come from. Don’t be fooled here: he simply wants to blame Congress for his failure to do things that should have been done after the 2004 election. But if he wants more troops, I guess his upper income tax cuts can pay for his foreign policy. Although I am in the minority around here on this, I support all of these measures, but I am fully aware that they represent one last chance for Bush to prove he was right and for Poppy’s guys to show they know best. And with Hoyer’s elevation today to Majority Leader, there won’t be a rush by the Democrats anyway for an exit anytime soon.