Chris Floyd: More of the Same

Bush’s “New” Iraq Strategy Revealed: More Troops, More War
Written by Chris Floyd
Thursday, 16 November 2006

Did anyone really imagine it would be any different? The Guardian reports that Bush has already decided on his “new” strategy for Iraq, ahead of the recommendations of the “Iraq Study Group” he appointed – and ahead of the internal government review of strategy which he ordered only this week. And what is the strategy? More of the same. How could it be otherwise? The Decider-in-Chief cannot admit, not even to himself, that any of his decisions have ever been wrong. How can they be, when they are dictated by his “gut,” and his gut is guided by God Almighty?

Yet no man rises to such a position – even with the enormous, endless help of his elitist family and friends – without some animal cunning. Bush knows that he cannot do what he would have to do to “win” the war on his terms: send in hundreds of thousands of more troops in a brutal, no-holds-barred campaign to eradicate all active opposition to the imposition of a docile Iraqi regime and the permanent installation of American bases. He knows there is no political will, even among his own party and most of his “base,” to take this route. (Barring, of course, another convenient terrorist attack on American soil, this time blamed on the Iraqi insurgents. Then there would be no limit to Bush’s “justifiable retaliation.” This scenario, although unlikely at present, is certainly not to be discounted altogether.)

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So that is the plan. This is Bush’s answer to the American people’s obvious, overwhelming desire for ending the war in Iraq. He is going to spit in America’s face. He is going to tell the American people to go to hell, or perhaps borrowing the language that Dick Cheney used in the United States Senate, to go fuck themselves. He is going to say: let your sons and daughters die, you worthless peons: I will never admit I was wrong.

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