In his umpteenth ‘major speech’ trying to convince the American people that things in Iraq are going really really great, President Bush brought some new material with him for once in the form of a shiny important looking brochure.
Just like some musty old binder hidden away in KFC headquarters that contains the Colonel’s Secret Receipe of herbs and spices for fried chicken, this document is supposed to contain the untill now secret receipe for a winning strategy in Iraq.
Why we’re only now being told the winning strategy for a war started three years ago is another discussion.
The point is that this document from the ‘National Security Council’ is supposed to change American’s minds that the war Iraq has been going just great so far, is only going to get better, and the President really does have a clue about what we’re doing over there.
However, just like a piece of KFC fried chicken, it’s not a whole lot of meat surronded by a bunch of unfilling deep fried fluff. Here’s the definition of ‘victory’ in the short term:
An Iraq that is making steady progress in fighting terrorists and neutralizing the insurgency, meeting political milestones; building democratic institutions; standing up robust security forces to gather intelligence, destroy terrorist networks, and maintain security; and tackling key economic reforms to lay the foundation for a sound economy.
So uh, when do the troops get to come home again according to this? And what’s ‘short term’, ‘mid term’ and ‘long term’ exactly?
Like I’ve said a hundred times before, the Bush administration should start laying out real examples of what it’s going to take to at the very least end the war in Iraq, not just recycle the same slogans and sound bites into a flimsy ‘victory’ document stampted with an official sounding name.
If he’s unwilling or unable to do that, it’s up to Democrats and Republicans in Congress to start taking on the issue and forcing and end to the war.