January 10, 2007

He did it His Way

The president’s call for more troops comes less than two months after Gen. John Abizaid, the outgoing head of the U.S. Central Command, said that such an increase would not help matters in Iraq. It thus marks a clear break with Mr. Bush’s frequent assertion that he would rely on his commanders to determine optimum force levels.

The idea of an increase goes, as well, against the recommendation of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, which had called for the withdrawal by early next year of most U.S. combat units from Iraq.

But hey, Bill Kristol, Fred Kagan and General Keane all think it's a good idea, so...

God forbid Bush listen to the professional military people.

Do you think he'll sue the Iraq Study Group for non-performance, since he's doing the opposite of what they said?

Posted by Linkmeister at January 10, 2007 10:06 AM | TrackBack

I'm so glad that I'm currently too old to serve. Let's hope they don't soon decide that a 51-year-old can be drafted.

Posted by: Serge at January 10, 2007 03:10 PM

Fortunately for me, what I trained on they don't use anymore (teletype).

Posted by: Linkmeister at January 10, 2007 04:09 PM

Do you think somebody had to go through Durbin's response speech and Find and Replace soldier for Gestapo?

Posted by: Andrew Shimmin at January 10, 2007 04:32 PM

That was a dumb thing to say. Sorry for trolling your blog; Durbin just makes me furious. And, the fact that it was Durbin, instead of anybody with juice, is sort of insulting.

Posted by: Andrew Shimmin at January 10, 2007 08:27 PM

Andrew, I hadn't heard Durbin's response when I read your comment, so I hadn't a clue what you meant. I'm still not sure I understand what you meant.

That wasn't what I consider trolling; just a snarky remark born of frustration, I suppose.

Posted by: Linkmeister at January 11, 2007 07:40 AM

It was an allusion to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7FaSEQ-fKc

Posted by: Andrew Shimmin at January 11, 2007 04:59 PM