Monday, December 18, 2006

President v. Joint Chiefs: Our Main Event!

Washington Post

The Bush administration is split over the idea of a surge in troops to Iraq, with White House officials aggressively promoting the concept over the unanimous disagreement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to U.S. officials familiar with the intense debate.
Uh, oh. The natives are restless.

The military does not like to be blamed for failure, and neither do they appreciate being cast into the meat grinder. The professional military, particularly the Army brass, has to be seriously worried that the Army is going to break, if it is not already seriously dysfunctional.

And, the Army realizes that, under the Constitution, "the President Proposes, but the Congress Disposes". The Pentagon warriors are well-aware of who writes the Appropriations Bills. The Joint Chiefs know that they have lots of leverage, that they really can say no to the President and make it stick.

The problem is that Boy George may not be fully aprized of the new political reality.

Blow, storm, blow.

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