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Strategy? What Strategy?

Monday, Dec. 04, 2006 9:50 AM


As the Bush White House continues to pitch its 'new strategy,' which may or may not have anything to do with the Daddy Save My Worthless Ass Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group, there's another report of interest.

U.S. trained police forces in Afghanistan are unprepared and incapable of performing routine law enforcement duties.

So when you hear talk of spooling up Iraq's police forces to take the lead, factor that in with the corruption and graft that exists, and understand that it's just another area where there's no plan, just spin.


And with National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley making the rounds of Sunday-morning news shows, the media has discarded their gushing over the behind-closed-doors Bush-as-secret-genius and started jawing over the 'new strategy' for Iraq.

We have a president who, for over three years, has insisted on staying the course, insisted that we have a strategy, that we're constantly adapting our tactics.

But every time talk of a 'new strategy' comes out, it seems we – as a nation – neglect that we've got strategies running through a revolving door. They come in, they go out, they come back, they leave again.

And somehow, they always get distilled down to tautological slogans like, "We will succeed unless we quit."

Here's to the new strategy, same as the old strategy.




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