November 16, 2006
-- by John Emerson
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. (Guardian).
This is a joke. 20,000 troops won't do anything. And if Bush really used the words "last big push", it means that he already knows this will fail -- because there's no way that even he can think that it's sure to succeed.
So he's decided to quit already, but to save face (and to buy time for political reasons) he'll do this dog-and-pony-show and get a few hundred more Americans killed. (And thousands of Iraqis too, but their civil war will continue whether we leave or not.)
The Guardian interviewee seems to have been Powell. He's talking about very serious stuff, but he doesn't dare let them use his name, even though he's been out of the administration and the military for quite awhile now.
Will the media go along with this "last big push" fraud? Yes. They're geniuses at pretending.
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Did he happen to mention where he might find these extra 20,000 troops?
My guess is that that silly little number is as many as he could possibly scrape up. Probably he's reassigning people from here and there, cannabilizing less-essential units, lengthening rotations, and shortening training periods. 20,000 is a ridiculously small number, and to me it indicates desperation.
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