Take heart America -- Dubya has a plan!
In the grand scheme of things, this is not exactly Douglas MacArthur's landing at Inchon or George Washington's Yorktown. To take a Texas example, it's more of an Alamo.
The Bush Administration, ever mindful of the danger of words, has been fighting a rearguard action against those who dispute their claim that the addition of over 20,000 troops is a mere "surge." For example, Condi Rice argued in Senate testimony that it was an "augmentation" rather than an "escalation." Nonsense. We are dealing with a critically ill patient, so let's use medical terminology. This is not a "surge" it's an embolism. Bush's surge is essentially a clot in our military deployment that prevents troops from coming home. Like a pulmonary embolism, it is potentially fatal if it doesn't receive prompt, appropriate treatment. Given the history of medical diagnoses in Congress (see: Schiavo, Terri) we are not optimistic.
Various reasons have been presented to justify Dubya's gambit. They are as illusory as his reasons for the war in the first place. Dubya's defenders claim that these troops will make Baghdad safe for democracy. That's laughable. They assert that these troops will be able to do what previous troops were unable to do -- clear and hold enemy territory. That's lunacy. The fact that these will be largely the same, recycled troops is ignored. Apparently, this time they mean business.
So why is Bush pushing this absurd strategy? Think for a moment: Has Bush-Cheney team ever told the whole truth and nothing but the truth about anything? (Hint: "No") So what's the real reason for this deployment?
OplusO has analyzed the strategery behind this force increase and has uncovered the most likely reason. A major stated goal of the troop "surge" is to confront Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army in Sadr City. We also know that Dubya wants to take out Iran's nuclear research facilities. Given that Sadr City is home to 2 million Shiites, a force of 20,000 will only be able to operate as a buffer for a short period of time. A few months at most. Yet that may be all the time Bush needs to strike Iran and beat back the resulting explosion (literally and figuratively) in Sadr City (Iran is the leading Shia nation and supports much of the Shiite violence in Iraq). He will blame the inevitable pull-out on Democrats and the collapse of the Iraqi government on indigenous corruption and incompetence (Iraqi, not Republican).
By hiding in plain sight, Bush is executing Cheney's mad strategy. Bush and Cheney will soon enough retire to millionaire luxury and neocon adulation. The rest of us will be left with the bill and the mess to clean up.