Following on the heels of Bush declassifying reports on bin Laden and activities in Iraq so he could make a speech to the Coast Guard Academy, we now have a new strategy in the works. Yes, yet a new strategy.
Guess what this one includes? Negotiating with the terrorists! I shit you not:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. military is joining forces with the State Department to prepare a new Iraq strategy that includes negotiating cease-fire and power-sharing agreements with some enemy combatants, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
File under YGBFKM please. I can’t wait to see the cries from the right about such capitulation. They’ve even got a cool new name for it: “”joint campaign plan redesign team”, or JCPRT. You know. Jick Pert. Someone needs to build a Dack BS Generator for political obfuscation, because it does sound to me like the administration is trying to reintermediate killer deliverables.
Gosh, we hate to say we told you so, but we told you so:
“We have been focused too long on defeating the enemy,” one official said. “We need to bring them to the negotiating table.”
Little else is known about the new plan and it has drawn little reaction.
But the announcement apparently is an acknowledgment that the traditional war-fighting stance of trying to capture or kill all insurgents is failing, that the country may have devolved into a civil war, and that the only way to proceed is to use military force sparingly and attempt to bring many insurgents into the fold.
Meanwhile, we quietly double troop levels. That’ll bring ’em to the table! Why no big bad ass announcement on national TV? Politics baby!