Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Of Politics and Principle

Matthew Yglesias shows yet another example of how President Bush cares more about his political prospects than he does about the safety of the American people.
Bush has adopted policies designed to keep the death count low, primarily by avoiding ground combat in the Sunni triangle. Good campaign tactics, needless to say, but, as ever, the Bush team seems better at winning elections than winning wars. By delaying any assault on the wily Salafi terrorists...lurking in Fallujah, Samarra, Ramadi, and Baquba until after November, we give them more time to dig in, prepare defenses, and strengthen their forces before the attack.

An important point comes next, so it gets a paragraph of its own: This plan will get people killed. If an assault is to be mounted, it should be done as soon as possible, before the adversary has been given months to prepare for it. The Marines and soldiers serving in Iraq volunteered for the military, but they've been conscripted into the Bush campaign. Decisions, as Lieutenant General James Conway recently stated, are being made on the basis of narrow political considerations rather than military ones. It's appropriate for generals to be subordinate to civilian politicians, but not to civilian campaign strategists. We're waging war as an extension of an electoral campaign, exposing our soldiers to harassing attacks right now and to a more difficult fight later on in order to help secure the president's re-election.

This is merely another link in the Bush train of letting his political concerns get in the way of unimportant things like safety. From Homeland Security to hunting terrorists to protecting our agents to Iraq today, President Bush has consistently opted to score political points at the expense of the American people. And now it appears that he's going to withdraw from Iraq as soon as he gets the electoral all-clear sign. The stakes are simply too high to let that continue.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Two points seemed to be consistantly ignored by those aruing that the U.S troops in Iraq have gone into a hunker down to avoid casualties mode.

1) The Armed Forces in Iraq have an agreement with the Interium Iraq government that they will not under take military action without the governments approval.

2) The military is continuing all their current patrol activies.

If the military is avoiding casualities why have they not stopped patrols and withdrawn to thier safe zones primarily outside the cities. For more info I suggest you check Iraq based blogs like Iraq the Model or one of the dozen other Sites listed

I am not associated in any way the the above noted sites but have found them to be objective and carry infomation not available elsewhere.