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Well, that seems to be the president's determination in Iraq, according to the Guardian. Will 20,000 more troops in Baghdad be enough? I doubt it. Just enough troops to lose ... again? Let's hope not. Diplomatic outreach to Iran and Syria or a regional summit? I cannot imagine Cheney signing off on that, but anything else is a sign that the administration is still in denial about the gravity of the situation. Money quote from "a former senior administration official":

"Bush has said 'no' to withdrawal, so what else do you have? The Baker report will be a set of ideas, more realistic than in the past, that can be used as political tools. What they're going to say is: lower the goals, forget about the democracy crap, put more resources in, do it."

(Photo of General Abizaid: Alex Wong/Getty.)

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