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To: shrinkermd

it seems to me that the iraq study group was set up to present a "realist" analysis and set of recommendations. that is why Baker was chosen as head of it.
who set it up? who chose the members?
i am assuming bush wanted political cover to pull out of iraq.
this is very similar to what nixon did with "vietnamization" of the vietnam war: reduce the US army role to that of advisors, and let the locals fight the bad guys. then pull out troops, and declare "peace with honor".
i recently read an article by brent scowcroft claiming that vietnamization would have worked (if the dem congress hadn't sabotaged it), and that we should use the same strategy in iraq.
i think this is what is going on: "iraqization".

there may not be any real alternative--it is hard for a democratic country to fight a war without public support.


12 posted on 12/06/2006 4:57:55 PM PST by drhogan
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To: drhogan

No "blue ribbon" committees in Washington are to diffuse responsibility and concentrate power. Nothing has changed. POTUS has the power and needs peace at home to wage war in Iraq.

The President is a class act politician and knows the above.


13 posted on 12/06/2006 5:40:51 PM PST by shrinkermd
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To: drhogan
In respect to Viet Nam my DEROS was 17 May 1969. You are right Nixon pulled the combat troops back and out in 1971. He won the election of 1972 against McGovern by carrying almost every state. I think he lost Mass and DC.

In 1975 the NVA invaded South Viet Nam with tanks. No one had believed the terrain compatible with tanks but they invaded with T 54s which were state-of-the art at that time. The South Vietnamese had M58 tanks retrofitted by Chrysler with flame throwers for city fighting. NO match.

The RAT Senate would not all President Ford to order in air power and then canceled the necessary funds for the South to fight on. A great tragedy and a greater treachery than one could believe by America.
14 posted on 12/06/2006 5:46:51 PM PST by shrinkermd
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