January 18, 2007

Losing Strategy


From CNN: Bipartisan resolution opposes Bush plan on Iraq.

A bipartisan trio of senators on Wednesday unveiled a resolution opposing what Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- in proposing a separate bill -- called a "losing strategy" in Iraq. ...

The resolution is not expected to offer any alternative to Bush's plan to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq for deployment primarily in Baghdad. ...

[House Minority Leader John] Boehner [R-Ohio] argued that the president's Iraq strategy deserves a full hearing and called on Democratic leaders who are criticizing it to offer their own plan.

"And for those who don't agree with the president's plan, what's their alternative, what's their plan?" he asked. "We have a new majority in the House and Senate, and I think that at some point they need to begin acting like a majority. And that means that if you don't approve of the president's idea and his plan, you're required, really, to put one forward. And we've not seen that yet." ...

Countering Boehner's claim that Democrats don't have an alternative plan for Iraq, Daly said that the party has been saying for months it's for "responsible redeployment" of troops out of Iraq.

Bush's strategy is a losing one too, as I've noted previously, because it doesn't sufficiently address the central issue of Iran. But at least it's a strategy that acknowledges Iran. The Democrat's plan to simply leave Iraq can hardly be called a strategy at all, not if neutralizing terrorist regimes is still a priority.

Posted by Forkum at January 18, 2007 04:35 PM