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Monday, November 20, 2006

Fixing Iraq

Right now two groups, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group lead by James Baker and Lee Hamilton, and the Pentagon's Iraq Review Group are getting ready to turn in their homework on how to "fix" the problems plaguing Iraq.

Just like General Abizaid's testimony last week, it appears both groups are going to eschew the idea of a quick drawdown and withdrawl or "redeployment" as a horrible idea for Iraq and the stability of the greater middle east.

Congress of course will have it's own ideas on what to do, and we've heard plenty of them. It should be interesting to see how they reconcile what they want to do with what the military experts and the other panel come up with.

John McCain seems to be the closest in Congress to what the Pentagon thinks is the best strategy, and increase in forces to speed up training of Iraqi nationals, then a drawdown but maintaining a presence for the foreseeble future.

Kucinich, Murtha and the Modern Hippie crowd of course want an immediate withdrawl, which no one but them seem to think will work for anything other than letting chaos reign.

Now the challenge to the 110th Congress will be to stand by the idea of listening to the experts, as they say Bush hasn't for over 3 years, or deciding that they should instead ignore them and come up with something on their own. I'm not betting either way on this one, though I'm inclined to believe they'll ignore the experts, that's what politicians do when it comes to war.

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Blogger shoprat said...

Some of the Donks are already commited to withdrawal and are determined to do so. If this group does not tell them it's OK to withdraw they will put another bipartisan group more to their liking.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

I think you might be right a "partisan" bipartisan group made of of war protesters from both sides, guaranteed to come up with a plan to exit next tuesday.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

Here is to hoping they listen.

11:45 AM  

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