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The Bush catastrophe

The militia's dayjob

There's a post on Kos about impeachment which misses the reality of the situation. If you try to impeach Bush, you better have the votes, and they aren't even close.

But I don't think impeachment matters.

If you look at the stories posted in the last TWO days, it's clear that the "surge" will not only fail, but may be crminal in it's outcome.

The core of Bush's plan is to have the US and Iraqis work together, but under split command. Of course, this violates every rule of war and common sense. Unity of command is what they teach you in school.

But it's even worse that that. Bush, or more correctly, Cheney, live in a fantasy land where the Iraqi Army works. It so doesn't work, it's hard to describe. They can't even feed the Army.

Guess who does?

Moqtada Al-Sadr.

In a month where US and Iraqi forces have been fighting up and down Haifa Street within site of the Green Zone, Petraeus wants to stick US and Iraqi forces in buildings to control neighborhoods.

When the Special Forces did this in Vietnam, they hired Nung mercenaries to guard their compounds, because they didn't trust the Vietnamese.

Our forces will have no such luck.

They will be expected to share DeLattre forts with people who they don't command and shouldn't trust.

In all the money spent on the Iraqi Army, how was food forgotten. How can US commanders watch them get food from JAM without realizing how this could risk the lives of their men

I think if the VC fed ARVN troops, people would have freaked.

People are worried about Iran, resolutions.

None of that matters.

Because as current plans stand, a US unit will be massacred by an Iraqi unit they are serving with.

At that point, there will be zero support for the war and the president,

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