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Remember Operation Together Forward

Operation Together Forward was the president’s answer to the ongoing violence in Iraq. Mid-term elections were coming and the Republicans by all polling were going to take a beating. The President did everything that he could to beat down those nah-sayers. He and his generals were going to calm Baghdad and save the Republicans. But, Together Forward with its Iraq troops in support of American troops didn’t work out so go. In late summer, Operation Together Forward 2 was launched. Americans would clear and the Iraqis would hold. It didn’t work.

So, the Republicans were beaten but no as badly as they should have been because the President played the fear card again and it worked on some Americans, again. The Iraq Study Group was formed. They reviewed and studied and reported what we already knew. Things in Iraq were terrible and getting worse. We needed a regional strategy to fix this problem. Not a military one. Well, the president blew the ISG a raspberry. He surged. The Surge sounds very much like Operation Together Forward.

This whole thing has been a McGuffin. The Bush team has run out of ideas and options. Years ago, in the NCAA Basketball tournament, when you were an inferior team but you somehow got the lead you would go to the 4 corners offense in order to run out the clock. We are seeing the Bush Administrations 4 corners offense. They are trying to keep the Senate Republicans at bay. If they are able to run out the clock they will leave this mess to a Democratic president who will then have to look weak by pulling out of Iraq. The subsequent chaos will be blamed on that president by Limbaugh, Hannity and the gang.

The Surge is a delaying technique. The 6 month roll out of the Surge was another delaying technique. “Let’s wait until we get a report from General Petraeus in September.” Once we get the report then we will have to make “adjustments.” I’m sure after the adjustments there will be another report and more adjustments. The administration will continue to ask for a little more patience and little more time. The plan is working – they will say. I’m convened that we are watching the 4 corners offense. This plan is designed to enough Republican Senators behind the president until January 2009 to block anti-war legislation.

By |2007-07-11T00:50:20-04:00July 11th, 2007|Bush Administration, Iraq|Comments Off on Remember Operation Together Forward

Obama – A Way Forward in Iraq

Barack Obama delivered a major speech on Iraq on November 20th.  Here’s his speech. 

I like the speech.  The Center for American Progress has purposed something similiar several months back.  I have also discussed this issue on a number of occasions with Brian Katulis, Middle East expert at the Center for American Progress.  Brian has stressed that many in the Iraq government has hedged their bets.  They are in the Iraq government and they have a militia on the side.  He has said that the Iraq government has to make these folks make a decision.  The militias must stop.  Also, we need to re-deploy troops in Afghanistan where the Taliban are growing and in Southeast Asia where al Qaeda is growing.  Maybe Obama has been listening to my show? (Doubt it.)  Maybe he has been listening to the experts at the Center for American Progress?  (more likely.  ;-)) 

By |2012-04-26T14:24:01-04:00November 25th, 2006|Foreign Affairs, Iraq|Comments Off on Obama – A Way Forward in Iraq

Obama – A way forward in Iraq

Barack Obama has delivered a major speech on Iraq.  He presents the situation and logically presents the possible alternatives.  “There are no good options in this war.”  He is 1000% correct. 

It is my opinion that the strength of his statements points to a presidential bid in 2008.  I would be floored if he doesn’t run. 

I don’t know if he would be a good or great president.  All I know is that he is clearly an upgrade from where we are. 

His speech is here.  Enjoy.

By |2006-11-22T02:22:01-04:00November 22nd, 2006|Al Qaeda, Iraq, Military|Comments Off on Obama – A way forward in Iraq
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