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Plan For Success or Recipe For Disaster?

Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 3:33 AM

So Senator Joe "I'm Independent, But I'm A Democrat" Liberman hinted on FOX News that he might vote Republican in 2008.

I'm all for independence. What Lieberman's statement amounts to, though, is threatening the voters and the Democratic leadership.

Senator, you're welcome to hold your breath and turn blue any time you want. You're a perfect match for the little boy occupying the Oval Office.

President Bush announced on Friday that he is, 'still the decision-maker.'

"I know there is skepticism and pessimism and that some are condemning a plan before it's even had a chance to work," Bush said. "They have an obligation and a serious responsibility therefore to put up their own plan as to what would work."

Sounds sensible, doesn't it?

Except this is the exact same plan that we carried into 2006. You know, the one overtaken by chaos, by misjudging the insurgents again ��failures that were dismissed by saying, 'stay the course.'

And here's President Bush asking us again to just tough it out. Give it time to work. It's not a new plan, and it's not new rhetoric.

Just as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has no reason to aspire to 'standing up' so we can 'stand down,' Bush has no reason to change any of his policies. He's gone in two years, and it will be someone else's problem. You can be sure that if anything goes wrong after January 20, 2009, it'll be the new administration's fault.

And we're still effectively talking about digging a tunnel to China. When the underlying assumptions are false, there is no requirement or responsibility to 'put up a better plan'.

It should also be noted that we're still content-free when it comes to discussing America's strategy.

"My instruction to him (Lt. Gen. David Petraeus) was, 'Get over to the zone as quickly as possible and implement a plan that will achieve our goals," Bush said in the same interview. "You're going into an important battle in the war on terror."

Plan for success? Do you hear anything remotely resembling a plan there?

Sounds more like a spoiled little boy saying, "I broke my toy, here, fix it."

And while all options are on the table regarding Iran, Bush has authorized American troops to kill or capture Iranian agents inside Iraq.

They're wearing team jerseys, I guess.

Bush nonetheless says he has no intention of crossing the border into Iran.

"That's a presumption that simply is not accurate," he said.

One of the more common arguments against our involvement in Iraq was that there was no proof, that the Bush Administration shaded intelligence and blatantly lied to the public. So I guess we're looking to have some dead Iranian agents, or alleged Iranian agents (provided they survive aggressive interrogation) confessing their evil deeds.

Oooooh, look, proof! See! It really is Iran's fault! Let's start another war!

We've moved a second carrier into the area, supposedly to show that we aren't weak, or weakened. Now, let's see, Iran can either back down, or they can continue as they have ��pursuing nuclear weapons and fomenting unrest in beautiful downtown Baghdad.

If they call our bluff, what's our next move?

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