President Bush's escalation plan is nothing but "stay the course" with more troops.
Last week, after much delay, Bush announced his new strategy for the war in Iraq. Unfortunately, this so-called strategy is actually more of the same thing only it commits more U.S. troops to a region being devoured by a civil war. It is unconscionable that more American soldiers will lose their lives in a last ditch effort that Bush knows won't work. There is no good reason to escalate the war, unless you're a president whose poll numbers are sagging. Bush needs to explain to the American people how his latest plan differs from his previous stay-the-course policies all of which have failed.
The president's escalation plan has failed over and over. It is opposed by top military leaders, the Iraq Study Group, foreign policy experts and the American people. President Bush has ignored the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, which recommended we begin the phased redeployment of American troops and end our open-ended commitment to Iraq.
Congress should continue to exercise its Constitutional authority to hold the president accountable for a change of course that allows for our troops to come home. I wholeheartedly support the efforts of Democratic leaders to move toward bringing troops home, and giving responsibility to the Iraqi people for their future.
Peggy J. McKenzie