Of War and Pride

The most puzzling aspect of President Bush’s plan for sending additional U.S. troops to Iraq is: where this idea came from?

The increase of American military presence was not among recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. The Joint Chiefs of Staff were reported to be apprehensive, too, to say the least.  The Iraqis don’t seem to embrace the idea, either.

Who then is the author?

Since the release of the long-anticipated Iraq Study Group’s report, which he dismissed outright, President Bush has promised to come up with a new, comprehensive strategy of the war in Iraq.  Original plans to reveal the strategy before the year-end were scrapped.  Now, we’re said it’ll be presented in January.

I can understand this.  Having witnessed the Hollywood-proportion buzz surrounding the release of the Baker-Hamilton blockbuster, President Bush’s in his right to claim at least the same amount of public attention.  Immersed in the last-minute Holiday shopping Americans cannot give it to him now.

But what is mysterious to me is why to promote so unpopular option – of all reasonable and less so – so early in the process?  Is President Bush afraid that all others have already been articulated and if he doesn’t propose the troop increase now, someone else (Sen. McCain?) will claim the authorship and the “new” strategy won’t be “his”?

I seem to understand now why the pride (of authorship) is said to be one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

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