The WaPo reports that the Pentagon review sees 3 options in Iraq:
The Pentagon’s closely guarded review of how to improve the situation in Iraq has outlined three basic options: Send in more troops, shrink the force but stay longer, or pull out, according to senior defense officials.
Insiders have dubbed the options “Go Big,” “Go Long” and “Go Home.” The group conducting the review is likely to recommend a combination of a small, short-term increase in U.S. troops and a long-term commitment to stepped-up training and advising of Iraqi forces, the officials said,
The military’s study, commissioned by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace, comes at a time when escalating violence is causing Iraq policy to be reconsidered by both the White House and the congressionally chartered, bipartisan Iraq Study Group. Pace’s effort will feed into the White House review, but military officials have made it clear they are operating independently.
What about the 4th option, a phased redeployment that SO MANY people have determined to be the best course of action? The last time I checked no other nation kept forces in the original 13 colonies to help us establish democracy, and that in my opinion is why we became a strong nation. I heard the other day that a high ranking military officer has stated that “We want democracy more in Iraq than they do”. This is the prime question, and if the answer is that I am afraid that no amount of soldiers, time, and planning will result in success. There was an unsteady but daily peace in Iraq before we invaded, and Iraq was a dictatorship. Maybe we should have viewed THAT as a warning sign in 2003.