A progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reform, speeding up the Bush administration’s reckoning on what to do next, a U.S. official said Monday.
One likely result of the report will be a vastly accelerated debate among President Bush’s top aides on withdrawing troops and scaling back the U.S. presence in Iraq.
The “pivot point” for addressing the matter will no longer be Sept. 15, as initially envisioned, when a full report on Bush’s so-called “surge” plan is due, but instead will come this week when the interim mid-July assessment is released, the official said.
“The facts are not in question,” the official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the draft is still under discussion. “The real question is how the White House proceeds with a post-surge strategy in light of the report.”
I won’t bother linking to my various predictions, before the Surge began, that it was going to fail. I will repeat my reason… this administration, and its cheerleaders and enablers, got their way on everything. They tried everything they wanted to try, all the while calling naysayers and doubters every name in the book. And yet, they screwed up on every big ticket thing they have tried. They are simply incompetent.
Which means they will fail again. Plan M or W or Phi Zappa Krappa or whatever we’re up to now can be anything. If by some random chance they stumble upon the greatest military plan in history, they will still fail. Because as bad as they are at planning, they are worse at execution. And this has been obvious for a very long time. Perhaps not to the writers and some of the readers of a lot of right wing blogs, but to most of the country.
As long as these people are in charge, anything they do is doomed is failure. They talk and promise and grin and smile and look serious, but they deliver nothing but failure. And the longer they continue doing what they are doing, the deeper the hole from which the next President will have to claw us (and the Iraqis) out. And the more lives they will cost.