posted on Jul, 25 2006 @ 01:58 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Tuesday that a U.S. military program to bolster Iraqi security forces in Baghdad will better address the
violence there as he pledged to stand by Iraq's new democratic government.
"Obviously the violence in Baghdad is still terrible," Bush said during a joint White House news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki. Bush had praised al-Maliki's signature program to improve Baghdad security during their last meeting in Baghdad in June.
Bush complimented the beleaguered leader for his courage and perseverance in the face of sectarian violence. Recent violence has sapped political
support for the more than 3-year-old war in Iraq, in both the United States and Iraq.
"He comes wondering whether or not we are committed. He hears all kinds of things coming out of the United States," Bush said. "And I assured him that
this government stands by the Iraqi people."
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President Bush's recently announced "plan" to increase the presence of U.S. troops in the Iraqi capitol does not bode well for the future of U.S.
military operations in that country.
This military move is being portrayed as an Iraqi request. the addition of 5,000 U.S. troops to Baghdad might help to put down insurgent violence,
but that seems doubtful at this time.
What are we looking at? This looks suspiciously like the first step of an eventual pull-out. Those who remember their histolry might recall that
this was how the "de-escalation" started in Vietnam, beginning in 1971. If we see U.S. forces pulling back to Baghdad over the coming months, we will
know that the Bush administration has chosen to give up the fight.
The conflict in Iraq isn't easily compared to vietnam. These two war have their own destinct origins and modes of conduct. From the start, we've
seen the Iraq war plagued by a lack of men and material. This move to reinforce Baghdad may be an attept to do more with less, but it still leaves me
wondering just how much longer this administration's failing political will can sustain the effort.