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October 7, 2005

Strategy For Success

-- by Dave Johnson

From Sen. Reid's blog Give 'Em Hell Harry, part of a letter to the President from several Senators:

"We are increasingly concerned that Iraq could become what it was not before the war: a haven for radical fundamentalist terrorists determined to attack America and American interests. It is clear our window of opportunity is closing and you need to immediately provide a strategy for success in order to prevent this outcome.

[. . .] Other comments by General Casey last week also suggest that your Administration lacks a political strategy to end the insurgency that matches the heroic efforts of our military on the ground.

[. . .] We are equally dismayed that your Administration has failed to produce broad international participation, both in the months leading up to the war and the years since the conflict started. There appears to be no strategy to involve regional countries as there was in the Balkans in the 1990s and in Afghanistan in late 2001 and 2002.

[. . .] The only thing as disturbing as the obvious lack of progress is the Administration�s continuing failure to level with the American people about the current situation in Iraq. This failure only serves to erode the public�s confidence about your Administration�s plan for Iraq.

[. . .] In times past, when asked to explain your Iraq policy to our troops and the American people, you have chosen to reply that we need to, “stay the course.” But simply staying the current course is not a strategy for success. We are convinced now more than ever that we need to change the course and the first step is for your Administration to immediately provide answers to these important questions. Simply saying that these answers are “unknowable” or “condition based” is no longer satisfactory. Our troops, their families, and the American people deserve better."

Where I think this is heading: If the President can't outline a strategy of success the only alternative is to get out.

Posted by Dave Johnson at October 7, 2005 9:43 AM

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Where I think this is hearding: If the President can't outline a strategy of success the only alternative is to get out.


Interesting slip there: "hearding". Heh.

Posted by: richard at October 7, 2005 12:17 PM

The war was and is a crime against humanity.

The only way to stop this crime is to stop the crime.

Staying the course is the equivalent of catching a rapist in mid crime and the perpetrator demands to finish the job!

Posted by: Vinnie at October 7, 2005 9:01 PM

I don't see why so many liberals are reluctant to take the 'Out Now' position ('out now' meaning all gone by the end of next year).

For over a year now, we've been enlisting the Kurdish militia's help in putting down the Sunni insurgency. This is the absolute worst thing you could do if you're trying to prevent a civil war. This fact alone makes our occupation counterproductive.

Posted by: Cal at October 8, 2005 12:28 AM

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