I’m on the road and not sure I’ll have time to “live blog” the speech tonight. So let me offer the wise thoughts of long-time GP commenter, V the K, who emailed me earlier today.
First, there is something deviously Rovian about the surge strategy.
The Surge strategy boxes in the Democrats, since they have only three alternatives: 1. They can reluctantly fund the surge, thus betraying their anti-war base. 2. They can oppose the Surge, but fund current levels, in which case critics can legitimately accuse the Democrats of leaving our troops in Iraq without giving them the resources to win. 3. The Democrats can force a withdrawal, and be rightfully blamed for losing the war.
Of course, there is a fourth option, the Democrats can put forth a strategy for winning the war. But this will not happen because Victory is not in the Democrat vocabulary.
Second, the Pentagon should re-think US military strategy in the aftermath of Iraq, with the understanding that due to media opposition to all US military action, and the opportunism of whatever political party is out of power in wartime, the US military must be prepared to win every war decisively within two years of the start of conflict: two years being the maximum amount of time public support can be relied upon.
If Bush had gone into Iraq in 2003 knowing that he had to do as much as he could and get out by 2005, the war would have been conducted in a very different way. Muqtada al Sadr, for example, would have been killed when he was still a small problem instead of allowed to metastasize into a big one. Iraqi military control would have been more quickly stood up, as another example.
I absolutely, completely, wholeheartedly agree with everything VdaK wrote. That’s why I took the lazy way out and copied/pasted rather than write something original. Joe Biden I’m not…. I give credit where its due!