Bush won't say what his response to the Iraq Study Group's report is until sometime in January, but has been using reporters for the cable news channels (CNN, MSNBC, Fox) this week to break the news to Americans that "White House insiders are saying that the U.S. will increase troops on the ground in Iraq by 20,000 to 40,000."
But where will they come from?
No sooner had the White House announced that Bush wouldn't be responding to the ISG's report by Christmas (as had been promised), than I began seeing army recruiting commercials popping up in some of the most unlikely places. Such as on FoodTV and Bravo. In between segments of Paula Dean cooking her favorite holiday treats were pitches to minority youth, blacks and hispanics, to become "army strong." In one of the commercials, a young black woman explains to her mother all of the wonderful opportunities that joining the U.S. Army will afford her - health care and a college education.
I've long thought that the Bush administration's style and practice of using the media to leak unpopular plans that it has in store for us and the rest of the world, to soften the blow, is the epitome of cowardice. It's also straight out of "Bad Leadership & Management 101." These new ads strip away the last vestiges of any defense against that charge:
Bush's last stand in Iraq will be to hide behind a front line of young, black American women.
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