While the White House has publicly postponed the announcement of the President’s new Iraq strategy a leaked memo seems to indicate that President Bush has already decided on a way forward. The memo which was leaked to the New York Times outlines a plan called “Legacy43.” The memo clearly spells out a detailed plan of how the President and Republican leadership plan to deal with the Iraq war.
The main thrust of the plan is to delay making any real changes in the strategy or force structure in Iraq until after the 2008 election. The plan then outlines a series of public relations schemes to blame the failure of Iraq on the new President, whomever it is, the Democratic party, anybody else they can think of..
“The memo outlines what is really the only way out for a President who whishes to save face.” Says Washington watcher Fred Kingsly. “Iraq is a an unmitigated disaster and the only way Bush will escape it is to pin the failure on someone else. The initial parts of the plan are already taking place with the White House blaming the Iraqis, the Iranians, the Syrians, the democrats, and the American people. With these trends already developing it looks like Legacey43 has a good chance of succeeding.”
Just a few excerpts from plan Legacey43 :
“…the shifting of responsibility for the Iraq failure onto neighboring countries will help insulate the President’s legacy from bearing all the blame for the failed Iraq experiment…”
“Insinuating, but not saying overtly that the lack of support of the American people caused the war to fail.”
“Blame the new President and a Democratic Congress for not continuing the winning path started during Mr. Bush’s Presidency. Any change in policy by a new government, even a republican administration can be blamed with the failure.”
“Always say the End of the Bush-Regan Era when talking about the Presidency of George W. Bush.”
“Story thread: The President lead, but a weak American public didn’t follow.”
The memo can be found in its entirety on the New York Times web site.