Thursday, January 11, 2007

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Sheryl Gay Stolberg owes me big time!!

Daniel Drezner, "Open Surge Thread," January 10, 2007:

Since November, President Bush has received an electoral rebuke, the Iraq Study Group report, a statement from his own Defense Secretary, and a whole lot of other free advice saying essentially the same thing: the current policy is not working, and it's simply too late for putting more troops on the ground. A surprisingly large number of people who work for him agree with this assessment. In response, Bush has shuffled around his high command and proposed a surge. Is is possible to draw any conclusion other than, "George W. Bush is a stubborn ass?"
Lead paragraphs for Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Bush’s Strategy for Iraq Risks Confrontations," New York Times, January 11, 2007:
By stepping up the American military presence in Iraq, President Bush is not only inviting an epic clash with the Democrats who run Capitol Hill. He is ignoring the results of the November elections, rejecting the central thrust of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group and flouting the advice of some of his own generals, as well as Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq....

The plan, outlined by the president in stark, simple tones in a 20-minute speech from the White House library, is vintage George Bush — in the eyes of admirers, resolute and principled; in the eyes of critics, bull-headed, even delusional, about the prospects for success in Iraq.

[Um... wasn't that the obvious way to frame it?--ed. Hey, I found that $20 bill on the sidewalk first, dammit!]

posted by Dan on 01.11.07 at 02:02 PM


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