January 20, 2007

BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST SYNDROME (via Kevin Whited):

A Chance For Unity On Iraq (David S. Broder, January 21, 2007, Washington Post)

When Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, the new commander in Iraq, goes before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, lawmakers are likely to hear a very different presentation from what they usually get from the Pentagon.

Rather than ask the senators to grant him free rein to operate as he wishes, Petraeus is ready, I am told, to invite and encourage the closest kind of congressional scrutiny of what is happening in Iraq.

The suggestion made here last week that Congress require frequent briefings from Petraeus and the embassy in Baghdad, to ensure that Maliki is keeping his promises to supply troops and avoid political interference, is one that Petraeus is prepared to endorse.


Because Iraqi politicians shouldn't determine the future of Iraq, American pols should?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2007 8:57 PM
Comments

I think the idea is to get them to take responsibility.

Posted by: Nathan Smith at January 20, 2007 10:31 PM

No, Broder's idea is for them to do what he wants not what they need to. It's what we did to South Vietnam.

Posted by: oj at January 20, 2007 11:47 PM

It'll only work if the committee actually resides in iraq, let them phone everything else in.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 21, 2007 2:00 AM

If there is no Iraq...

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at January 21, 2007 3:39 AM
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