The message is that "Surge and Accelerate" will be the war cry:
1-20,000 additional combat troops formed in units as I have previously prophesied. These troops and their Iraqi "comrades" to secure the Baghdad area so as to insure the survival of the Government of Iraq for a while.
2- Political "pressure" on Maliki and company to "reconcile" enough people across the ethno-religious spectrum to stabilize the government for a while.
3- An economic development program (we were not doing this?) to provide jobs in the belief that jobs will prove to be the key to undercutting the insurgency (Sunni). The administration still believes that economic deprivation is the cause of insurgency and civil war. Why a devout Christian would cling to the nonsense of economic determinism in the face of all evidence is a mystery. (Maybe it is a tenet of a mystery religion that ’43 really believes in while claiming to be a Christian in a sort of western "Taqqiya") Remember, George, "Man does not live by bread alone." We are supposed to believe that, right?
’43 spoke in the Rose Garden (close to the hidden launch site) today "unveiling his plan to balance the budget (that he unbalanced) by ‘012 (three years after he leaves office). He promised expenditures at least as high as the present defense and other security budgets and pointed to the need to control "entitlements," mentioning Social Security and Medicare. Get the idea? I doubt if the American people will be deceived by this transparent Rovian attempt to derail any efforts the Congress might make over Iraq, but, "nothing ventured, nothing gained."
It is rumored that the military have expressed a desire to have some effective effort made in the political and economic fields in Iraq since they have worked their way to an understanding that the real problems in Iraq are not about "Bang! Bang!." They are right in that judgment. I don’t think that propaganda and news management (Information Operations) are the key either.
No. The Surge military operations will not produce the desired outcome and the Political thingy will not either for the same reason that has be-deviled our efforts in Iraq from the time we started listening to the INC and the OSP boys. (Bless Them!)
That reason is simple. We do not have "politics" in Iraq. We have tribal warfare expressed through; elections, constitutions, militias, the Shia partisan nature of the "security" forces, the Maliki government, terrorism, oil allocations, tribal fury at executions.
There is no Iraqi People. There once were the beginnings of such a people, but that is gone now, swept away, "Gone With the Wind."
Now there is only tribal warfare among the Shia Arabs and the Sunni Arabs while the Kurds wait to see if we are going to screw them as we (I) have so many others.
Since compromise is viewed by the tribal contestants as weakness, dangerous weakness by the "tribes," there will be little of that.
So, forget the political reconciliation. What a silly idea.
Keep your heads down, boys. pl