Thursday, November 16, 2006

In The Guardian:

US plans last big push in Iraq

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.

Mr Bush's refusal to give ground, coming in the teeth of growing calls in the US and Britain for a radical rethink or a swift exit, is having a decisive impact on the policy review being conducted by the Iraq Study Group chaired by Bush family loyalist James Baker, the sources said.
OK, and what's the plan after that doesn't work? To be fair, more troops is only part of a four point plan, according to The Guardian. The other 3 points probably will not work either, but may be worth attempting. According to the story in The Guardian:

"You've got to remember, whatever the Democrats say, it's Bush still calling the shots. He believes it's a matter of political will. That's what [Henry] Kissinger told him. And he's going to stick with it," a former senior administration official said. "He [Bush] is in a state of denial about Iraq. Nobody else is any more. But he is. But he knows he's got less than a year, maybe six months, to make it work. If it fails, I expect the withdrawal process to begin next fall."
Meanwhile, the top US General in Middle East, General John Abizaid, says Troop adjustments won't solve Iraq


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you seen the article in this week's Metro about the Iraq war? It's very interesting and may be worth blogging.

10:50 AM  

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