Friday, November 17, 2006

Wishful Thinking Is A Hell Of A Way To Run A War

President George W Bush now wants to send an additional 20,000 troops to Iraq for "The Last Big Push." Oh for Pete's sake...

Here I thought John McCain was being particularly stupid without the power to do anything particularly stupid. Except possibly influence one of the stupidest Presidents. Can any of them do the same math I can? 20K / 138K = 15%

Evidently we're only 15% short of our goal. I sit in almost total disbelief staring at that number. I'm sure we can succeed in raising our casualties with additional targets and probably add to theirs with additional bullets flying.

I suppose what I had to say in "More Troops??" applies here, the post is only 3 days old. I feel like I'm caught in one of those Twilight Zone shows where time gets stuck in a little circle or more currently "Groundhog Day." What is the lesson that will get through to this guy?

I watched all the media blather about the Baker Commission which was essentially, "now that the grown-ups have arrived things will get sorted out." So the grown-ups had some chats with lil' Georgie and we now have this - more wishful thinking. Now I'm not just exactly sure what message the voters were trying to send 11/7/06 but I'm real sure that expansion of the war in Iraq wasn't it. GeorgeII has said he doesn't pay attention to the polls, but I'd have thought the Polls, as in votes, might have meant something to him. You know, that "thumping" he mentioned. Hey Democrats in Congress, take a look at the agenda for the lame duck session, how's that "bi-partisanship" lookin' now?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

If Islamic militancy is not stopped today, “we’ll go through World War Three tomorrow,” US Middle East chief warns

November 18, 2006, 1:59 PM (GMT+02:00)

Addressing a Harvard University audience Saturday, Army Gen. John Abizaid compared the rise of militant ideologies such as the force driving al Qaeda to the rise of fascism in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s and said: “If we don’t have guts enough to confront this ideology today, we’ll go through World War Three tomorrow.

If not stopped, said the general, “extremists would gain an advantage to gain a safe haven, to develop weapons of mass destruction, to develop a national place from which to operate. And I think that the dangers associated with that are just too great to comprehend.”

WAR..something that is not as fun as a low ET!

I think there Chuck, perhaps you write too much about RUNNING from it, you see as much as you want to ignore it in remote Baker City, it really is on your door step.

The General is right about one thing though.."it does take guts!"

You and your kind do not!

Ed Bickford said...

Oh boy, Poppy sends James Baker in to pull GW's chestnuts out of the fire again; as Michael Kinsley of the WaPo wrote in "Get Jim in Here, Pronto!":

Although he has held a variety of government posts, from undersecretary of commerce under Gerald Ford to secretary of state under Bush the Elder, and has all the trappings of enormous consequence and wisdom, such as a Presidential Medal of Freedom and his own James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, Baker is essentially a political operative. His place in history is Florida 2000, where he secured the presidency for George W. Bush. Reporters were awed by his brilliance and ruthlessness. History may be less admiring of his willingness to make inconsistent arguments and to lie with a straight face.

Chuck Butcher said...

I'm not exactly in awe of James Baker. I agree with Kinsley that brand new ideas are unlikely. Besides, GWB seems to have made up his mind, not that heavy lifting was involved.

Ed Bickford said...

Yeah, those Divinely inspired gut-feelings are a real time-saver, and leave lots of time to spend at his Dude Ranch.

Ed Bickford said...

And what's the idea with Baker going to Henry Kissinger for advice? Certainly no brand new ideas in that dinosaur's head; to wit:

I think we have to redefine the course, but I don't think that the alternative is between military victory, as defined previously, or total withdrawal.

Chuck Butcher said...

Um, RM Nixon & who???

Ed Bickford said...

Bush will be looking for "peace with honor" now...

Chuck Butcher said...

Your guess is as good as mine. I give up trying to make sense of GeorgeII.

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Anybody can play, but they need a name.