National Strategy for Victory In Iraq: The 2006 Edition
In case you've haven't noticed, the continuous disaster that is Eye-Rack has proven Bush's last plan for victory in that theater to be a collection of false promises, false hopes and classic fearmongering masquerading as policy. There is now a separate Baker-Hamilton Commission that will create new strategies for the military campaign in Eye-Rack and it includes figures from Poppy Bush's administration such as Jim Baker and Lawrence Eagleburger and, formerly, Robert Gates. This gives the obvious signal that nobody at the White House has any goddamn clue what they are doing and sonny-boy needs Daddy's help out of a jam. That is why Bush is going to undercut that criticism by implementing a parallel Iraq policy review. All by himself!
President Bush formally launched a sweeping internal review of Iraq policy yesterday, pulling together studies underway by various government agencies, according to U.S. officials.
The initiative, begun after Bush met at the White House with his foreign policy team, parallels the effort by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group to salvage U.S. policy in Iraq, develop an exit strategy and protect long-term U.S. interests in the region. The two reviews are not competitive, administration officials said, although the White House wants to complete the process before mid-December, about the time the Iraq Study Group's final report is expected.
The White House's decision changes the dynamics of what happens next to U.S. policy deliberations. The administration will have its own working document as well as recommendations from an independent bipartisan commission to consider as it struggles to prevent further deterioration in Iraq.
"The president has asked all his national security agencies to assess the situation in Iraq, review the options and recommend the best way forward. The ISG report will be duly considered, and we look forward to their recommendations, as the president has always said," a White House official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the new initiative has not been announced. "The president indicated Monday that he is interested in hearing interesting ideas both within his administration and from the Baker-Hamilton commission."
The White House review could give the administration alternatives so that it feels less pressure to fully implement the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group report, foreign policy experts said.
Who wants to place bets on which report is going to be more positive than the other?