I’m disappointed that the troops being brought into Baghdad will not be given ponies. Unless everyone gets a pony, this plan hardly seems worth it.
I’m glad we have decided not to let the Taliban take over in Iraq. It’s too bad we’re going to continue allowing them to crawl back to power in Afghanistan, while we distract ourselves on a failed, aimless project in Iraq.
“The question is whether our new strategy will succeed.” The answer is “no.” Adding Iraqi military units that aren’t trained and which may well be part of the problem will not fix Baghdad, and leaving our troops in the midst of the city 24–7 will just leave them at the mercy of the sectarian insurgents. Clearing those insurgents out will require depopulating entire neighborhoods.
The idea that Maliki’s commitments are worth anything is somewhat dubious. He doesn’t even control all of his own ministries, why do we think that he can allow us into neighborhoods?
And Joe Lieberman gets to be the new Zell Miller. And John Kerry’s idea of expanding the military – an idea dismissed by President Bush 2 years ago – is now official dogma.
Iraq is a failure, and sending 20,000 90,000 more soldiers into that meat-grinder will just yield more blood. Invading the first time didn’t work, why would re-invading fix all the problems? Two wrongs don’t make a right.