Monday, June 12, 2006

Our Dear Embattled Leader does so love Iraq

That he tells us that he will always have US troops in his heart and in Iraq. From the NY Times comes this heart warming revelation.
Mr. Bush on Friday made clear that the American commitment to the country will be long-term. Officials say the administration has begun to look at the costs of maintaining a force of roughly 50,000 troops there for years to come, roughly the size of the American presence maintained in the Philippines and Korea for decades after those conflicts.
To have such a small force there would require some reasonable pacification of Iraq. Any reasonable view of Iraq today would put that state a long ways away. And any condition less than pacification would probably result in very large problems for a small force.

I just heard Michael Isikoff on Hardball speaking about the photo op for the participants of Our Dear Embattled Leaders Strategerizing Summit. In summary he noted that all the people present were the same ones who had made all the bad decisions that got us to this point in the first place. Sad but true.


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