Sunday, December 10, 2006

Analysis: Will President Bush's plan for Iraq match the Iraq Study Group's plan?

9 comments:

Dain said...

If he announces it soon, I doubt it. One of bush's stable traits is that he is "resolute" or "stubborn" (depending on your politics.) Withdrawing from Iraq would be a reversal of years of policy, which would not come easily. If he does side with the Iraq Study Group, he will first allow a nice chunk of time to pass before he embraces the idea - in order to ward off claims that the decision came from their influence. If he announces a plan early, it will most likly be the status quo or a re-tooled version of it.

justinbel said...

I agree with Dain. I think that Bush will take his time before he makes his decision on how he handles Iraq. I think that the study group will influence Bush, but he'll take time and claim that he did what he thought was the best way to handle Iraq.

brandong said...

I think Dain said it perfectly: "If he does side with the ISG, he will allow... time to pass... in order to ward off claims that the decision came from their influence." It makes sense to do that if he does decide to pull out (which most likely won't happen). I believe that Bush's plan will not match the ISG's plan. He hasen't shown big inclinations towards pulling out, and like Dain said Bush is definately a stubborn guy.

BrandonSh said...

Dain has pretty much summed it up. The President is going to either reject their decision and say something about how it would be un-American to withdraw, or he may stick with his latest claim, that he when he said, "Stay the Course" he meant that serious changes had to be made in Iraq.

Something tells me he will probably reject it, or at the very least say it needs a lot of revising before he puts any part of it into action.

trevorhguy said...

President Bush has never even seen the constitution or read the Bill of Rights. So, what are the odds that he even takes notice that there was a report on Iraq? Slim to none in my opinion. But, Mr. Gates is a different story entirely and I hope that as one of his first actions as the new Secretary of Defense is to put a plan in place for Iraq. The one thing that is certain is that it will at least get people on Capitol Hill thinking. This will be a pleasant change.

KimK said...

I partially disagree with Dane (and those that agreed with him). I think Bush will make a plan similar to the Iraq Study Group's plan even if he does announce his plan soon after theirs. He may claim that he has been contemplating a coincidentally similar plan for quite some time and that they only confirmed its greatness or something along those lines . . . but I do think he will take their advised plan even if he announces the plan soon.

trevorhguy said...

We now know the answer to this question. It is, not a chance. Although, Bush is making steps toward a pull out, on Tuesday he finally admitted that the war is not going the way he would like it to. His exact words were, “we are not winning, and we are not losing”. Of course, now it makes sense we are tied with the terrorists but, as everyone knows, in a tie everyone loses. The families of the near 3,000 dead and 25,000 lose. The United States loses its influence over seas. And, lastly, we the people lose, we lose rights, we lose loved ones, and we lose freedom. So, to answer the question, Bush will not follow the Iraq study group’s suggestions and admit that he was wrong about the war the whole time and that it has all been in vane.

BrandonK said...

No, Bush's plans have not yet matched the Iraq Study Group's plans. Bush wants to escalate troops for a final surge (good soda) while the Iraq Study Group's plan was basically to slowly withdraw troops from Iraq. Also, President Bush has always said that he will listen to the commanders on the ground. This past week his Joint Chiefs of Staff also recommended a withdrawal rather than an escalation of troops. We will know if he really does plan on listening to the commanders.

RaStauss said...

I do not htink that Bush's plan matches the iraq study group's plan because he is procrasitinating on what he wants to do in iraq and avoiding the truth. The group may influence bush but i think in the end he is just going to do what he want to do.