Ever since Bush announced that he was sending 20,000+ more U.S. troops to Iraq, he has said he would not do so unless there was “a plan” for using them. He then ordered senior military officers to create one. Nevertheless, whenever people in the Bush Administration have talked about “the plan,” they haven’t actually described one. They haven’t described “a plan” to send more troops to Iraq’s borders to prevent foreign insurgents from entering the country; they haven’t described “a plan” to clear and hold territory; they haven’t described “a plan” to bolster security in Baghdad, etc. Instead, the “plan” refers not to any troop mission, but rather to Bush’s decision to order the troop surge. In a monument to circular thinking (and to a profound waste of lives and taxpayer dollars), the troop surge itself has become “the plan.” People in the Administration now talk about Bush’s “plan” to send more troops to Iraq, without ever bothering to notice that there is still no articulated reason to send more troops.
So, why aren’t our elected officials or the mainstream media journalists pointing this out? Why, indeed.