Thursday, December 01, 2005


If President Bush’s just-released National Strategy For Victory In Iraq (NSVI) is a roadmap for success in that conflict, it’s a map with no roads, cities, bodies of water or other topographic features.

NSVI is a plan without a plan. No amount of “Plan For Victory” signs behind the president can mask that.

This 35-page document is the political equivalent of giving a report on The Old Man And The Sea by simply saying it’s about an old man who spends time on the sea.

In this scenario the teacher gives the student an “F” because she knows he/she didn’t read a word of the book and has nothing substantial to say on it.

When it comes to substance, NSVI gets a big, red “F” with a circle around it.

At least you’d think the president could throw us a few scraps to chew on. For example:

· Fund the remainder of the war with a major corporate sponsorship, which would require the renaming of the country (e.g. Halliburton Presents The Republic Of Iraq or Coke With Lime Presents The Iraqi Free State).

· Pull out, drop flu-infected birds throughout the country and let nature take its course.

· Send in a contingent of armed children. God would never allow innocent children to be harmed by Persian heathens.

Instead, we essentially got: Stay the course. We’re doing a heckuva job, Brownie.

NSVI states, “…success (in Iraq) depends upon meeting certain conditions, not arbitrary timetables.” Yet no specific conditions were mentioned. Only generalities – i.e. no objectives to which Bush could ever be held to account.

The document also states, "No war has ever been won on a timetable and neither will this one."

No war has ever been won without a plan, and neither will this one.

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