"On Topic" With Doug Krile

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Left Hand

Meet Right Hand.  The President made it sound like the Iraqi leadership was all on board with his troop surge plan. At least he made it sound like he'd pretty much told them they MUST be on board.  How's it gonna work if they really AREN'T on board?

Iraqi government doesn't want more US troops

As President Bush challenges public opinion at home by committing more American troops, he is confronted by a paradox: an Iraqi government that does not really want them. The Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has not publicly opposed the American troop increase, but aides [...]

More on the apparent disconnect between Washington and Baghdad. This make me really wonder if there's a snowball's chance for any success at all -

‘Because it has to’

Of all the coverage of the president’s “new” policy in Iraq, this may be the most helpful in understanding Bush’s perspective. As part of a campaign to market the new strategy, Mr. Bush’s aides insisted that the plan was largely created by the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. Yet Mr. Bush sounded less than certain [...]

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