"One of the things I've found in Congress is that most people recognize that failure would be a disaster for the United States. And, in that I'm the decision-maker, I had to come up with a way forward that precluded disaster."He "had to come up with a way forward that precluded disaster," and that process led Bush's team to the same old strategy of clear, hold and build - a strategy which we've been implimenting since 2005. They fancied up the strategy as much as they could, fleshing it out like a freshmen trying to push a seven page paper over the ten page requirement, but at its heart it's stay the course, or "adapting to win" if you will.
Despite the incompetance of our current leaders, they do talk to a lot of people who are not uniformly incompetant. The entire spectrum of ideas is available to them, so their return to Stay the Course is the pudding's proof. There are no alternatives. No viable options. Only the status quo is possible. For those commentators who think you have a plan to fix Iraq, do you think they haven't thought of your plan? Of course they have, and they are ignoring it for a reason. In fact, all you're doing by proferring your plan to find the prize in Iraq instead of advocating withdrawal is ensuring that President Bush's Plan will be the one we follow.