President Bush's "new way forward" in Iraq is the same as his old way, which is, of course, "stay the course", with more overextended troops being put in harms way.
Thank goodness Nancy Pelosi clearly stated yesterday that the greatest issue facing the new Congress now is the problem in Iraq. Simply stating this fact should be enough to calm Democratic fears that the new Congress is not going to work quickly toward fixing Bush's disaster.
The Democrats need to show some real backbone here and demand that the Bush administration and Defense Department outline what they are trying to accomplish, and offer a detailed plan and timetable on how they will do so. Clearly, the Bush administration is unwilling to negotiate with anybody in the Middle East except at the point of a gun, and as such the situation will continue to deteriorate there unless Democrats intercede.
The Iraq war is one of the greatest debacles ever embarked upon by the United States, and prolonging that disaster will only increase its infamy in the history books. The Democrats must not be a party to this ongoing disaster, and must instead reverse course and begin to remove troops from the war-torn Middle East.
The Republicans and Neo-con-artists whispering in their ears have been wrong at every turn about everything. It is almost impossible to bat zero, but somehow they have managed just that. It's time to take control of the situation and to rescue our beleaguered troops from the civil war that Bush has created in Iraq. If the Democrats do not act to reverse course there, they will inherit some of the blame for Bush's disastrous war.