Monday, November 20, 2006

Let me see if I've got this straight: in order to be grounded, I've got to be crazy and I must be crazy to keep flying.


I imagine you've already seen this Washington Post article outlining a pentagon summary of options in Iraq but just in case you missed it-

Pentagon review sees 3 options in Iraq

The Pentagon's closely guarded review of how to improve the situation in Iraq has outlined three basic options: Send in more troops, shrink the force but stay longer, or pull out, according to senior defense officials.

Insiders have dubbed the options "Go Big," "Go Long" and "Go Home." The group conducting the review is likely to recommend a combination of a small, short-term increase in U.S. troops and a long-term commitment to stepped-up training and advising of Iraqi forces, the officials said.

Personally I would haved dubbed the three options "Go Big," "Dogpaddle" and "Go Home" but that's just me being a silly realist. "Go Long" does imply throwing a Hail Mary pass so at least it somewhat captures the slim chance of success of what really amounts to staying the course.

6 comments:

Don Snabulus said...

Since we don't have a General Doug Flutie, the chances are slimmer yet.

Aaron said...

This is exactly the sort of Pentagon "analysis" that reminds me of President Eisenhower's warning against the industrial-military complex. Very few people (and none of the Democrats in Congress) are advocating for a withdrawl from Iraq tomorrow. The "Go Big" option is not viable if for no other reason than that our all volunteer army is already streched ridiculously thin. That leaves the Pentagon advocating for what Dean Wormer aptly call the "stay the course" option. Not surprisingly, this is the option that best suits the interests of the Bush Administratins good pals, defense contractors.

Dean Wormer said...

Not surprisingly, this is the option that best suits the interests of the Bush Administratins good pals, defense contractors.

Exactly. It also fits neatly into what Bush and McCain are both advocating, oddly enough. Look like the big tough generals who put the report together were too chicken to throw their careers away in advocating a pullout.

Dean Wormer said...

Since we don't have a General Doug Flutie, the chances are slimmer yet.

We do have a Captain Crunch but that's not much help in this situation.

Overdroid said...

he stays crunchie.
in milk.

Don Snabulus said...

You've seen Doug Flutie in milk?