Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush said the Iraqi government is keeping its promise to deploy more of its forces in Baghdad and his strategy to help secure the Iraqi capital is ``beginning to take shape.''
Bush, in a White House news conference today, gave an assessment of the initial phase of his plan, which includes sending 21,500 more soldiers and Marines to Iraq. The troops are starting to arrive as Congress debates on a resolution opposing the additional deployments.
``The Iraqi government is following through on its commitment'' to deploy more of its forces in Baghdad, Bush said in opening remarks of his first news conference since Dec. 20. The additional U.S. and Iraqi troops will give the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ``political breathing space.''
Yeah it's beginning to take shape...in the form of a mushroom cloud. Throwing troops at Iraq is being part of the problem, not the solution. You can't just put our men and women on the ground and hope the issue resolves itself. There is a problem here or perceived one, that has to be addressed before Iraq can heal itself and the insurgency dies down. I've said it before and I'll say it again, escalation didn't work in Vietnam, and it isn't working here.