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!