The Ploy of Reviewing Iraq Strategy

21 Oct ’06

The obvious question, with the “leak” a couple of weeks ago of news that the Iraq Survey Group may recommend changes to the U.S. approach, and the “news” this week that Bush is planning a sit down with Rumsfeld, Casey and Abizaid to discuss changing the U.S. military strategy in Iraq, is whether Americans are gullible enough to believe that these are not campaign events in the final push to the mid-term elections. What’s especially galling about the spin that’s been attached to this is the deliberate attempt to sell them as small changes (Bush is responsive and adaptive), and not a wholesale revision (Bush will not cut-and-run; isn’t indecisive, disloyal or a flip-flopper).

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