Monday, June 18, 2007

When Will Politicians STFU?

More grousing about the Iraq Study Group report and "changes" in tactics. And thus leading to more information broadcast to the enemy on troop levels and associated tactics. Does anyone in the Congress get the point that there are some things you just don't talk about during a war?
The Republican leader in the Senate said Sunday that support in the GOP is growing to follow recommendations from the Iraq Study Group.

“The president himself has spoken favorably of the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, which…basically involves still having troops forward- deployed but getting them off the point which would obviously reduce our casualties, and possibly reducing our numbers as well,” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.

He pointed to the September military and diplomatic report on Iraq as a critical point at which strategy and troop levels can be reevaluated.

“I think everybody anticipates that there’s going to be a new strategy in the fall,” McConnell said on CBS’s Face the Nation. “I don’t think we’ll have the same level of troops, in all likelihood, that we have now. The Iraqis will have to step up, not only on the political side, but on the military side, to a greater extent.”
So wait until fall and the US will be changing again and the confusion will open up new avenues to continue the fighting. Thanks Mitch. You want to give them a withdrawal date as well?

Then there is the "no military solution" blather:
Former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.), who co-chaired the Iraq Study Group, said Sunday that the situation in Iraq is “grave, dire, deteriorating” and pushed for a non-military solution to quelling violence and bringing stability to Iraq.

“There is still no military solution to Iraq,” he said. “The military plays a hugely important role, but you must have vigorous, robust efforts to get a national reconciliation.”
If the military plays a "hugely important role" then they are part of the solution. No one is claiming, or ever has claimed, that there is only a military solution. This imbecile seems to think the military and the Administration don't already understand this. The thing he's missing is that the military is the first step to providing security which then allows the population to feel that they can resist the insurgency and can participate in a political solution. National reconciliation can come about when those parties who feel the most threatened begin to feel secure enough to participate.

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