08/11/2005: Exits and Strategies...
“…When asked on Tuesday about a possible exit strategy for American troops, Mr. Rumsfeld told reporters it depended on many "variables," including:
"What are the Iranians doing? Are they going to be helpful or unhelpful? And if they're increasingly unhelpful, then obviously the conditions on the ground are less advantageous. Same thing with the Syrians."
When Lyndon Johnson sent American troops into the flaming disaster of Vietnam he had no real strategy, no plan for winning the war. The idea, more or less, was that our boys, tougher and much better equipped, would beat their boys. Case closed. Fifty-eight thousand American troops succumbed to this schoolyard fantasy.
George W. Bush has no strategy, no real plan, for winning the war in Iraq. So we're stuck in a murderous quagmire without even the suggestion of an end in sight.
The administration has never been straight with the public about the war, and there's no reason to believe it will start being honest now….”
-- Bob Herbert (NY Times): No End In Sight in Iraq.
And for those of you still *wondering* about the WMD's as the basic underlying Premise for going to Iraq in the First instance (i.e. the "Iraq sought to buy Yellow-Cake Uranium" and b Admin claim that it constituted an "Immediate Threat to National Security" and and the subsequent Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame/Robert Novak/Lewis Libby/Judith Miller/Matt Cooper/Karl Rove/et. al. issue) - Fact Check has a very good time line of events and background information at This Link.
Karen on 08.11.05 @ 11:36 AM CST