Senator Carl Levin, chair of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, said he expects General Petraeus and Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Charles to urge maintaining the current trops levels instead of pushing for a planned reduction in force. He admits the Democratic leadership lacks the necessary 60 votes to force a vote on the Iraq situation and thus President Bush will most probably continue the present situation into the near future. Senator Joseph Biden emphasized that President Bush had argued more troops in Iraq would create stability in that nation, but the evidence is clear Iraq is an unstable country because Prime Minister Maliki has failed to build bridges to opposition Sunni leaders. “It’s a little llike Groundhog Day,” said Biden, referring to the 1993 movie in which the same day repeats again and agin, “we are right back where we strated.”
Bush sold America on the idea dispatching more troops meant Iraq had a shot at stability. The level of violence declined for several months, but during the past three months there has been a steady rise in the number of violent incidents. The botched attempt by Prime Minister Maliki in Basra clearly demonstrates his government’s inabiity to establish political stability, anymore then military.