"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Monday, March 05, 2007

Plan B to Iraq Surge?

Washington Post:

“During a White House meeting last week, a group of governors asked President Bush and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about their backup plan for Iraq. What would the administration do if its new strategy didn't work?”

“The conclusion they took away, the governors later said, was that there is no Plan B. "I'm a Marine," Pace told them, "and Marines don't talk about failure. They talk about victory."’

“Pace had a simple way of summarizing the administration's position, Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-Tenn.) recalled. "Plan B was to make Plan A work."’

People in general and those in opposition to anything Bush want to know the answers to these questions. People, for the sake of understanding and concluding; opposition for the sake of the next arrow in their “Anything Bush is Bad” quiver.

One can understand the reluctance to reveal what’s next if the “surge” fails to live up to expectations or if results are slower than the Democratic majority in Congress is willing to wait even if results are positive. The Democrats began losing patience with Iraq one week into Afghanistan, with the call “quagmire.” It is likely nothing that happens in Iraq will please the Dems.

The article in the Post discusses various “redeployment,” plans put forward by Dems; then oddly switches to the term “withdrawal,” which is exactly what redeployment means, but you will not hear a Dem refer to it as such.

You better have a plan, but I surely do not want it out there in the open as that just gives more heads up opportunities to al Qaeda and “insurgents,” revealing to them just how much more they need to do to erase whatever political will is left in Washington these days.

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