Bush May Announce ‘New Way Forward’ in Iraq
President Bush may announce a new plan for Iraq by year’s end.
Tony Snow told CNN’s “Larry King Live” that Bush would need to compare Wednesday’s report by the Iraq Study Group with pending studies by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and National Security Council before any policy changes are announced. “We’re hoping to have all that pulled together so that maybe by the end of the year, the president can announce a new way forward,” Snow told King.
Of course, solving the Israel-Palestine crisis, getting the cooperation of Iran and Syria, and developing technology to enable independent porcine flight may take more than three weeks.
One thing this “new way forward” (which will hopefully be more successful than the “Great Leap Forward”) will apparently not feature is a quick withdrawal, as panel co-chair Jim Baker says that “would be a recipe for complete and thoroughgoing disaster” and believes, “Precipitous withdrawal would undoubtedly not only generate a broad-based civil war in Iraq, it would probably lead to a regional war, as each of Iraq’s neighbors came in to protect their own interests.” Considering that has been President Bush’s position all along, one suspects he will heed that advice.