Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Cut and Run Resistance

David Zucker (Hollywood director) sums up James Baker's Iraq study group:

("Zucker, a longtime liberal Democrat, switched to the Republican Party in 2004 reportedly due to his concerns about national security and voted for President George W. Bush." - source)

It seems like Bush didn't take the study-group too seriously either - yesterday the Washington Post reported that instead of the "cut and run and call it redeployment plan", he's opting for the expanding the military to kick some militant ass plan...

"...Bush said he has instructed newly sworn-in Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to report back to him with a plan to increase ground forces. The president gave no estimates about how many troops may be added but indicated that he agreed with suggestions in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill that the current military is stretched too thin to cope with the demands placed on it.

"I'm inclined to believe that we do need to increase our troops -- the Army, the Marines," Bush said in the Oval Office session. "And I talked about this to Secretary Gates and he is going to spend some time talking to the folks in the building, come back with a recommendation to me about how to proceed forward on this idea."

The president's decision comes at a time when he is rethinking his strategy in Iraq and considering, among other options, a short-term surge in troop levels to try to secure violence-torn Baghdad. The Joint Chiefs of Staff are resisting the idea during internal debates in part out of the conviction that it will further strain already-pressed forces." (source)

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