There is no reason to believe that the President’s latest plan will work. We’ve been imbedded in Iraq for years now, and noticeable progress there is hard to find. Most people believe the country is in the midst of a civil war, with sectarian violence raging everyday. Of course, there's always hope that this plan will work, especially from soldiers following the lead of the President. Young officers are willing to risk their lives for this fight, but based on what they’re seeing, they believe victory is out of reach. If an infantryman isn't complaining, then you know something is wrong. Some of these men and women are on their third or fourth tour of duty. These extensions breach the promise they were given by their Commander in Chief and our military. And you cannot discount morale in wars, even in this day and age. Our soldiers cannot have the same motivation as our enemy’s, who has nothing to live for except this fight.
As part of President Bush's new strategy, about 10,000 Iraqi troops will deploy to Baghdad in the coming weeks. Possibly half of these troops could be Kurdish, bringing a new facet into the bloody and complex struggle. Most Kurds live in a protected region and do not want to get involved in a fight between Shiite and Sunni Arabs. Most Kurdish troops are not familiar with Baghdad, do not speak English or Arabic, and show the greatest loyalty to leaders from their own ethnic group, even if they are with another fighting force. Furthermore, the Kurds and Arabs have been fighting over government posts and political power since the 2003 American-led takeover. After generations of mistrust, the divide between these groups has only grown wider in recent years. To expect them to work together now is unreasonable, and will only result in more chaos and bloodshed.
I appreciate our President’s fortitude and admire his willingness to make a decision and stick with it. However, in this case history isn’t on his side. He is undermining the war effort by ignoring the people who elected him and bypassing lawmakers, experts, and Congress. Despite Vice President Cheney’s recent claim that “you cannot run a war by committee,” President Bush and his advisors must work with Congress on new strategies if they wish to see a successful end to this war.