According to all the talk in Washington, the "plan" whipped up by AEI’s Fred Kagan is likely to be mostly implemented by President Bush when he stops stalling about his policy in Iraq. The "plan" can be found below at "Stalingrad on the Tigris." The military "cover" for this "plan" was provided by retired Generals Kean and Barno seen on the left.
In olden times, generals who failed in the field were relieved and replaced with new ones who had the boss’s confidence and who represented a new approach to the vexing problem of the time. In our time it has become customary for the generals’ clique to writhe and plead that generals are all virtuous and superb people who should never be held responsible for failure. A more self serving attitude would be hard to imagine.
By any rational calculus, Abizeid and Casey have failed. If the United States is going to continue to fight in Iraq they should be relieved (fired). If Bush is going to adopt the Kagan "plan," then the logical thing to do would be to recall Kean and Barno to active duty and give them the vacant jobs so that they can implement their "plan." pl