25 JAN 07
Time to get political. If the administration isn't reading Washington Post Columnist Charles Krauthammer, they should be.
In yet another well written article, Charlie K. explains we that need another option in Iraq:
Right now there are only three policies on the table: (1) the surge, which a majority of Congress opposes, (2) the status quo, which everybody opposes, and (3) the abandonment of Iraq, which appears to be the default Democratic alternative.
What is missing is a fourth alternative, both as a threat to Maliki and as an actual fallback if the surge fails. The Pentagon should be working on a sustainable Plan B whose major element would be not so much a drawdown of troops as a drawdown of risk to our troops.
We say to Maliki: Let us down, and we dismantle the Green Zone, leave Baghdad and let you fend for yourself. We will be around to pick up the pieces as best we can.
I couldn't agree more.
Editor's Note: Blogger ate this post twice. For my RSS readers, sorry if this is a repost.