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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

It's Another Rovian Conspiracy - The New Iraq Strategery

The Nutroots are all atwitter over this bit of transcript from Jim "Mik" Miklaszewski on NBC Nightly News. Here's the post over at the leftist ThinkProgress site:

Administration Official: Troop Escalation ‘More Of A Political Decision Than A Military One’

CNN reports “President Bush is expected to announce his new Iraq strategy in an address to the nation early next week.” According to the BBC, “The speech will reveal a plan to send more US troops to Iraq.”

Last night on NBC News, Jim Miklaszewski reported that the new strategy will be announced next Tuesday, and that an administration official “admitted to us today that this surge option is more of a political decision than a military one.” Watch it:


Just weeks ago, CentCom commander Gen. John Abizaid told Congress “I met with every divisional commander, General Casey, the corps commander, General Dempsey, we all talked together. And I said, in your professional opinion, if we were to bring in more American Troops now, does it add considerably to our ability to achieve success in Iraq? And they all said no.”

WILLIAMS: First, NBC News pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski has learned that President Bush is prepared to announce a strategy of surge and accelerate in Iraq, which would involve some 20,000 additional American troops being sent to Iraq. Jim is with us from the Pentagon with more on this tonight. Jim. Good evening.

MIKLASZEWSKI: Good evening, Brian. Administration officials told us today that President Bush has now all but decided to surge those additional troops into Baghdad to try to control over the violence there and only then could they accelerate the turnover of territory to Iraqi security forces. Fact is they’re not up to the task yet. The plan would also throw more U.S. money at Iraq for reconstruction and a jobs program. Interestingly enough, one administration official admitted to us today that this surge option is more of a political decision than a military one because the American people have run out of patience and President Bush is running out of time to achieve some kind of success in Iraq. While this plan will clearly draw some stiff opposition on Capitol Hill, the president is expected to announce it a week from today.

WILLIAMS: Jim Miklaszewski on duty for us today. Thanks for that

Now, this is completely disingenuous.... The Nutroots see Bush's decision to try and win in Iraq as a politically motivated endeavor when that is in all likelihood not what the "administration official" said. (Oh, and nevermind the fact that War does not occur without political aims.)

But, back to the point here...
Who is Jim Miklaszewski? He's the Pentagon Correspondent for NBC.

Who does he talk to? Military guys at the Pentagon.

What is the likely conversation that took place here?
Mik to the Military guy: Did this decision come from the military or from the Administration?

Military guy: This wasn't a decision made by the military, it was a decision made by the political establishment.

Now, I hate to break it to Mik, NBC Nightly News, Think Progress, and the military source that Mik talked to, but the Political Establishment gives directions to the military - not the other way around. This is called civilian control of the military and it's a good (and rare) thing. The Civilian Control ideal is "the proper subordination of a competent, professional military to the ends of policy as determined by civilian authority."

Now, back to the Leftist nutroots and their attempts to use the surge to undermine our chances of success in the War On Terror.

What is the strategy which the Left excoriated for the past 2 years? Stay the course.

Who promoted this strategy and continues to prefer this strategy? The military generals.

This strategy is not working, despite the assurances from the military commanders. There are two other options - complete capitulation (ala Saigon 1975) or a troop surge to achieve stability and then accelerate the transition to Iraqi security forces.

Is the new strategy in Iraq a Rovian Ploy? Not likely... although there is one benefit from this which Rove might have predicted - It's clear that the newly emboldened Left will only be satisfied when our enemies are victorious.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler