The Pacification of the Country----------------
The campaign to pacify the country is kicking off tomorrow, Monday September 10th. And I mean the US, not Iraq. The plan to pacify Iraq was already implemented in January, when Rumsfeld was fired, Petreus promoted, and the existence of an insurgency was finally acknowledged. Some who had been calling for such a shift in strategy all along, began to question whether it was too late. The American public was already weary of the war, and the battle to write the narrative of how we got into this mess seemed won by the media. Would we win the war on the ground, but lose at home? In other words, there is only one way to win the war in Iraq, you have to pacify both countries, the US and Iraq.
John McCain- "I would rather lose a campaign than a war."
"And I believe that this strategy is winning. I know the conflict. I know war. I have seen war. I know how the military works. I know how the government works. I understand national security."
Why does Michael Chertoff give an interview about the Osama Bin Laden video, as if he was selling a book or a policy? Seems to me that the the administration intended to bring more attention to the Osama video. This is the real opening in the pacification of the country campaign.
This is the second time i've noticed coordination between Bush and McCain. The first time was in their supposed back and forth over the torture bill, which actually cast them both in a good light and kept terrorism center stage.
Media is looking for stories from three sources right now, (Cross your fingers for no more GOP sex scandals) . . Ring 1: News From Iraq Ring 2: Policy on Iraq Ring 3:The Nominations
Pro-Surge forces intend to take center stage at all three venues starting tomorrow. In succession Petreus will report that the surge is working. Bush will announce his policy. McCain will attack an opponent (Thompson or Romney.) This will all be supported by a slew of editorials, coordinated talking points with conservative news outlets, and paid media (I think but i can't remember where I saw that). Ensuring at least a triple echo of the initial Petreus report, but hopefully a pinball effect will kick in and points will get racked up in the echo chamber.
That would work like this. Petreus is seen as the credible authority, he makes a statement. Bush then sets his policy, this is the bate for anybody to criticize it. Anybody who takes the bate gets slammed by 'no surrender' McCain. And just when McCain runs out of ammo, Petreus will give us an 'update' on the situation on the ground, which just so happens to make the person who criticized the presidents policy feel like an idiot.
The hope is that this echo chamber will successfully set the terms of debate as far into 2008 as possible. Al Anbar will become a household name and pullout will officially be equated with surrender. Time will be bought for the counter-insurgency strategy, Bush will have hope that he won't be remembered for a horrible disaster, but McCain will still have one hell of a time knocking off Guliani, and an even worse time if he gets to the Hillary level. And 2008 Republicans need fear. Recession is to the Democrats what terrorist attack is to the Republicans.