Tuesday, December 19, 2006

To Surge Or Not To Surge

How bad a plan is the White House's favored "surge" policy for quelling the violence in Iraq. The Joint Chiefs of Staff is unanimously against it, that's right, unanimously. From The Washington Post:

But the Joint Chiefs think the White House, after a month of talks, still does not have a defined mission and is latching on to the surge idea in part because of limited alternatives, despite warnings about the potential disadvantages for the military, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House review is not public.

The chiefs have taken a firm stand, the sources say, because they believe the strategy review will be the most important decision on Iraq to be made since the March 2003 invasion.

Judging by these comments, it sounds like the White House has no plan whatsoever with what we are going to do with the extra troops, although I still think they are being sent in to get al-Sadr. Both ideas however show a lack of forward thinking. As with every aspect of this war so far, the surge idea simply leaves you asking, "Then what?"

More of the same, that's what. It's strange, every time we add a few more temporary troops, the troop level never seems to return to the previous level. It is a slow burn escalation that is rapidly leading the Army to the breaking point. We are eventually going to have to have a draft, or leave, or degrade our Army to the point where it is no longer a capable fighting force. Those are our options. It's not hard to decide which option the Decider will pick, it's the last one.

The problem is that at this point we need outside help, and we're not going to get it. Too many nations are enjoying seeing us get our nose bloodied. It is kind of like when the neighborhood bully gets tied to the flagpole and everybody gets a free shot. It will not stop until that bully has a come to Jesus moment, and I don't think the guy we have in the White House has that in him. So we'll get more of the same, with occasional bouts of even dumber until this guys leaves the White House.

His limo got egged as he went to the White House, he'll be lucky if it isn't rocks and bottle as he leaves.

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