Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Map Room

Michael Duffy:
Kagan, who works out of a modest office at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in downtown Washington, said he continues to think that the military portion of the surge will require until the end of the year before there is enough calm to get the various Iraqi factions to begin to sort out their differences on power and revenue sharing. He called the September report to Congress by the Administration little more than a progress report.

Walking a reporter through what he believes to be the situation on the ground, Kagan unrolled two maps of greater Baghdad and delivered a before-and-after briefing on the surge.
Lots of infuriating images have come out of the past few years vis-a-vis Iraq. Fred Kagan hunched over maps and spinning his surge from a comfortable office on 17th Street ranks right up there.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone shoulds simply send Dr Kagan a Stratego board. That might keep him busy and away from mischief.

6/19/2007 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"While predicting a violent summer, Kagan said the violence should 'start to go down' in a few months."

He even sees the future. And I love the stuff about him describing life in Baghdad neighborhoods precisely as though he were delivering firsthand knowledge.

It's easier to sustain a shameful life when you don't realize that you should be ashamed.

6/19/2007 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marshall wrote a good article. I don't think they care. I've said it before...I'll say it again. As long as we stay in Iraq (whether it works out or not) is all the matter to them. These people could care less what death, damage, and destruction they cause. It is all collateral damage.

"[T]he curious fact that much of what could go awry with their plan will also serve to advance it. A full-scale confrontation between the United States and political Islam, they believe, is inevitable, so why not have it now, on our terms, rather than later, on theirs? Actually, there are plenty of good reasons not to purposely provoke a series of crises in the Middle East. But that's what the hawks are setting in motion, partly on the theory that the worse things get, the more their approach becomes the only plausible solution."

6/20/2007 7:56 PM  
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It would be more realistic for him to be in a poorly-ventilated underground bunker.

6/21/2007 12:34 AM  
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