Monday, January 08, 2007

The "surge" will not save Iraq

The number 2 General in Iraq states that a surge will not save Iraq.

Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno said he believed that a combination of jobs, provincial elections, anti-militia legislation and stronger Iraqi security forces could stop the nation's plunge toward all-out civil war. Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, his predecessor, spelled out the same approach before his departure one month ago.

Both Odierno and Chiarelli said that the military could not do everything and that Iraq needs a political solution. Both also said that everyone should be patient with Iraq's nascent government, noting that it has been in power less than a year.

Mr 3000, President Bush, appears to have embraced a strategy for Iraq now titled as "clear, hold, and build". In reality, its the same rhetoric the Bush Administration has used in the past.

The President is expected to announce his new "plan" on Wednesday.

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