I expected a couple threads dissecting Bush's speech but I guess we all knew beforehand what was going to be said. I'm a bit torn on the 'new' strategy because at least it finally IS a strategy. Yes it calls for more troops but it will ensure safety for Iraqis in Baghdad. Going into this fake war we were never even told a strategy beyond 'take Baghdad, be hailed as victors.' We took Baghdad alright, but it's been a flustercluck from day 1. What were the goals of our military before except 'clean up this mess we made by coming here in the first place' and 'don't get carbombed or crash a helicopter' ? The roadmap to peace had a lot of dirt roads and typos I think. So finally we have something resembling a purpose for our troops, who shouldn't even be there in the first place, but they are there and we've got a big situation that needs sorting out. They're basically a police force and each group of soldiers will be assigned a 'beat' and be housed in or around that neighborhood (I'm not so sure about this last part...). This is what I heard from watching the news. I want to know what the plans are for quelling hte insurgents. That is, non-combat plans (if any)? Because that hasn't been working either, it's been exacerbating the problem. This whole thing could work out if insurgents/minority factions/desert rednecks can trust the new government and understand that they've been given franchise. How do we communicate this to them?