Monday, December 11, 2006

Bush Has No Plans To Follow Iraq Study Group Proposals

Bush Administration officials say a preliminary review of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group’s recommendations has concluded that many of its key proposals are unrealistic. That has led a small group of administration advisors racing to come up with alternatives to the panel’s ideas.

Question: Wasn't it the administration's job to come up with proposals all along as to how to right the ship in Iraq?


Bush has empowered the “Crouch Group,” a small group of advisers being coordinated by Jack D. Crouch II, the deputy national security adviser, to assemble alternative proposals from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the State Department, the Treasury Department and staff of the National Security Council.

Why come up with an alternate game plan? Because Bush clearly has no plans to follow the most of the ISG's recommendations. Better to have partisan recommendations from the same in-house team that helped get the U.S. into this mess.

How quickly things change. As the New York Times noted: "Just two months ago, administration officials were saying that they believed the findings by the panel ... would be all but written in stone — and that Mr. Bush would have little choice but to carry out most of them. But in recent weeks, the White House sought to describe the panel’s role as that of one advisory group among many."

What's changed since then? Well, for one, fringe conservatives seemed to agree with the New York Post that the ISG were "Surrender Monkeys."


How incompetent are the people "racing to come up with alternatives"?

Dan Senor, a former administration spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, told the Times that former colleagues told him they felt comforted by the recognition that there were no good options, because despite all of the intellect brought to the endeavor, they see the ISG's ideas as little more than theories that can't be implemented.

“It’s easy to suggest these steps in theory, but we haven’t been able to figure out the how,” Senor said. “Now, neither have these 10 wise men and woman.”

In other words, our administration's best and brightest are comforted that they aren't alone in struggling to figure out how to get out of this mess. Bravo!


Anonymous quiet american said...

Well, I for one find this to be stunning news. (/sarcasm).

All of it is busywork that ignores the elephant in the room:

Bush is criminally insane; he should be removed at once from office, and tried and convicted as a war criminal, amongst other things.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Dyedinthewoolliberal said...

If this be so Mr. Bush, then you leave me no choice but to encourage my elected officalls to pursue impeachement against you.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous imagevision said...

Why would you want those responsible for Iraq war to solve current situation?!!

I fear the outcome of the Bush administration's plan to resolve the Iraq war, they fucked up so badly starting it, can you imagine Bush being allowed to fix it?!! gawd NO!!!! poleeze!!

2:35 PM  
Anonymous subterranean said...

The "Crouch Group" is packed with PNAC members and like-minded associates. No doubt Bush will find their "advice" more to his liking.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous acmavm said...

The 'Crouch Group'? Whatever.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous applegrove said...

It was just an election ploy it seems.

2:36 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Bush would quiery everyone right down to his pet dog until he got the exact response he wants to hear.
But the Crouch Group demonstrates he likely will not have to take pains to learn dog language.

3:59 PM  

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