Yesterday, President Bush spelled out to the nation the details of his new "surge" policy to win the war in Iraq. In what has to be considered one of the most desperate speeches ever given by a U.S. President, Mr. Bush threw all the cards on the table and left no alternatives in case of failure. It is to be all or nothing.
Mr. Bush outlined a number of reasons why the failure of his new war plan would be a disaster for the United States. However, this all or nothing approach has to be considered one of biggest tactical blunders of all time. By leaving no other doors open, the President has handed the terrorists a road map to success. They now know that if they can hold-on for another six months to a year they can come out on top. This will likely doom the Bush presidency to a legacy of failure and have disastrous consequences for the United States for many years to come.