Bush's Speech

Marc Lynch speculates about why Bush has decided not to lower troop levels before the end of his presidency:

Bush clearly fears - rightly or wrongly - that a reduction of American military forces would lead to an outbreak of violence which might interfere with the McCain campaign's 'return on success'.   The military commanders, meanwhile, understand all too well the fragility of the current situation in Iraq: the risks of the upcoming 'transition' of the Sons of Iraq program, the conflicts between Iraqi government forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga in Diyala, the intensifying conflicts between the Anbar Salvation Council and the Islamic Party in Anbar, the political stalemate which led to the postponement of the provincial elections, and so on.  They don't want fewer troops at their disposal if they can get away with it because, frankly, why would they if they don't have to?   Bush's refusal to significantly draw down troops as a "return on success" tells you what you need to know about how the decision makers really feel about the amount of "success."

2006-2011 archives for The Daily Dish, featuring Andrew Sullivan

Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.

Video

Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti is the farthest thing from anarchy."

Video

The Joy of Running in a Beautiful Place

A love letter to California's Marin Headlands

Video

'I Didn't Even Know What I Was Going Through'

A 17-year-old describes his struggles with depression.

Video

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

Video

The Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Just In