“Just give it more time.”

June 14, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More

That’s the phrase we keep hearing from the Bush administration about the troop surge in Baghdad.  “It’s too soon to tell,” “Let’s give the plan time to work,” “Just give it more time….”  It has all the makings of a Biblical prophesy:  peace will eventually return to Baghdad, the only question is whether it will take months, years, decades or centuries.  No wonder the Bushites want us to wait longer — if we wait long enough, Baghdad will heal itself and Bush can claim the credit.

Well, so far, Bush’s “plan” is failing.  The Pentagon reported today that violence continues to escalate in Iraq, despite the troop surge. 

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Grumpypilgrim is a writer and management consultant living in Madison, WI. He has several scientific degrees, including a recent master’s degree from MIT. He has also held several professional career positions, none of which has been in a field in which he ever took a university course. Grumps is an avid cyclist and, for many years now, has traveled more annual miles by bicycle than by car…and he wishes more people (for the health of both themselves and our planet) would do the same. Grumps is an enthusiastic advocate of life-long learning, healthy living and political awareness. He is single, and provides a loving home for abused and abandoned bicycles. Grumpy’s email: grumpypilgrim(AT)@gmail(DOT).com [Erich’s note: Grumpy asked that his email be encrypted this way to deter spam. If you want to write to him, drop out the parentheticals in the above address].

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  1. grumpypilgrim says:

    More signs of (dis)stress: the U.S. Navy is stretched so thinly that it is looking for partners to help secure international seaways (see here).

    Moreover, the Bush Administration apparently chose its new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the Navy, because of the grilling over Iraq that would likely occur if it sought to keep Marine General Peter Pace in the position for another two years.

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