A troop surge, but hardly anything else. 20,000 more troops in Iraq. That makes it what, like 140,000? I’m reading “Blood Money” right now and the recommendation in the book was 500,000 to maintain the peace on the ground. We obviously fell far short of that number, continue to fall short and will end up “losing” in Iraq. Bush is extremely arrogent and has chosen not to follow all of the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group.
It is the unanimous view of the Iraq Study Group that these recommendations offer a new way forward for the United
States in Iraq and the region. They are comprehensive and
need to be implemented in a coordinated fashion. They should
not be separated or carried out in isolation. 1
Bush continues to try to blaze his own path, no matter what anyone else says or recommends. It’s a good thing our mission was accomplished so long ago or we would really be in trouble today.