a bird and a bottle

BS Boost
January 3, 2007, 12:50 pm
Filed under: news, politics

Bush is planning to announce that he is sending more US troops to die in Iraq. From BBC News:

The speech will reveal a plan to send more US troops to Iraq to focus on ways of bringing greater security, rather than training Iraqi forces.

The move comes with figures from Iraqi ministries suggesting that deaths among civilians are at record highs.

The US president arrived back in Washington on Monday after a week-long holiday at his ranch in Texas.

The BBC was told by a senior administration source that the speech setting out changes in Mr Bush’s Iraq policy is likely to come in the middle of next week.

Its central theme will be sacrifice.

The speech, the BBC has been told, involves increasing troop numbers.

The exact mission of the extra troops in Iraq is still under discussion, according to officials, but it is likely to focus on providing security rather than training Iraqi forces.

The proposal, if it comes, will be highly controversial.

Already one senior Republican senator has called it Alice in Wonderland.

The need to find some way of pacifying Iraq has been underlined by statistics revealed by various ministries in the Iraqi government, suggesting that well over 1,000 civilians a month are dying.

When I read that the theme would be sacrifice I almost threw my computer across the room. Bush is asking so many people to sacrifice – no, forcing so many people to sacrifice – for what has become a farce of a foreign policy. Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and their families, Americans at home who lack funding for education and healthcare because it’s all being funneled into Iraqy.

Right. So, if we send 20,000 more troops to Iraq to bring peace instead of training Iraqis to do it themselves, that will solve this mess of a civil war? By essentially guaranteeing that Americans will be in Iraq indefinitely? And by stretching our already overextended military a little further?

I’m not sure what’s going on here. This “surge” is clearly not going to be politically popular, with approval numbers for Bush and for the war already very low. And it’s counter to pretty much everything that the Iraq Study Group recommended. It just doesn’t make any sense. Except as another example of a stubborn idiot digging in his heels and putting his hands over his ears.

Anyone else care to shed some light?

UPDATE: Keith Olbermann to the rescue! Check out his smackdown of the Bush surge and his reliance on “sacrifice” at Crooks and Liars. Really, it’s worth it. Is the the only journalist with any cojones right now? Seems so.


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