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Bush Orders Preemptive Redeployment to Iran, Syria

by Scott Ott for ScrappleFace · 52 Comments · · Print This Story Print This Story

(2006-12-01) — Just days before the Iraq Study Group releases its top-secret report, President George Bush today ordered the Pentagon to preemptively redeploy U.S. troops from Iraq to “neutral neighboring countries including Iran and Syria.”

“I’ve said that I won’t order our troops to make a graceful exit from Iraq,” said Mr. Bush, “But I never ruled out making a graceful entrance into Iran and Syria where I expect our partners in peace to welcome us with open and raised arms.”

The order surprised many, coming as it does on the heels of news that the Pentagon has discovered “smoking gun” evidence that terrorists in Iraq use weapons shipped from Iranian factories to kill U.S. troops and others.

But Mr. Bush said the Iraq Study Group, Kofi Annan and other Democrats have convinced him that engagement with Iran and Syria is crucial to finding a “holistic solution” to the Iraq situation.

“At the very least,” said Mr. Bush, “Redeploying our troops to Iran should help Iranian weapons manufacturers save some money on shipping.”

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52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RedPepper // Dec 1, 2006 at 9:59 am

    ” … engagement with Iran and Syria … ” indeed !

  • 2 seneuba // Dec 1, 2006 at 10:03 am

    I like the “holistic” solution…

  • 3 Maggie // Dec 1, 2006 at 10:11 am

    I prefer the ‘holicalistic’ solution.

  • 4 RedPepper // Dec 1, 2006 at 10:14 am

    Maggie - how about the “Holy [bleep] !” solution ?

  • 5 Maggie // Dec 1, 2006 at 10:29 am

    RedPepper….how about the Southern way…..March into Iran and “Git-R- Dun”?

  • 6 Hawkeye // Dec 1, 2006 at 10:32 am

    I expect our partners in peace to welcome us with open and raised arms.

    Good one Scott! But I thought they were our partners in “pieces”.

  • 7 RedPepper // Dec 1, 2006 at 10:40 am

    #5 Maggie: I was imagining something more along the lines of “Shock-and-Awe” …

    Get-R-Well-Done maybe ?

  • 8 camojack // Dec 1, 2006 at 10:42 am

    Hopefully, it won’t come to that.

    Realistically, it just might…

  • 9 Maggie // Dec 1, 2006 at 10:44 am

    re #7 RedPepper

    By George, I think you’ve got it!

  • 10 Ms RightWing, Ink // Dec 1, 2006 at 11:05 am

    Iran is nice this time of year what with Chritmas lights and all

  • 11 mig // Dec 1, 2006 at 11:32 am

    Holy-lying? Only holy- joking.

  • 12 seneuba // Dec 1, 2006 at 11:32 am

    Maybe we should use the “Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch”!

  • 13 seneuba // Dec 1, 2006 at 11:34 am

    I’ll have a stack of Iran-cakes with some maple-Syria on them…

  • 14 RedPepper // Dec 1, 2006 at 11:34 am

    For our own sake, we need to respect the enemy. That means grasping that he’s implacable, that he means us only harm, and that he must be subdued, not appeased.

    Can We Talk ?

  • 15 Scott Ott // Dec 1, 2006 at 11:36 am

    Bush Orders Preemptive Redeployment to Iran, Syria…

    by Scott Ott(2006-12-01) — Just days before the Iraq Study Group releases its top-secret report, President George Bush today ordered the Pentagon to preemptively redeploy U.S. troops from Iraq to “neutral neighboring countries including Iran and……

  • 16 JamesonLewis3rd // Dec 1, 2006 at 11:38 am

    “…..and other Democrats…..”

    Good one.

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  • 19 Darthmeister // Dec 1, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    GENERAL JOHN ABIZAID, in The Harvard Gazette:

    America cannot walk away from Iraq without risking another world war. That warning was sounded at the Kennedy School forum Nov. 17 by Gen. John Abizaid, commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), the man responsible for U.S. military strategy in the Middle East.

    “We can walk away from this enemy, but they will not walk away from us,” Abizaid told the forum audience during a discussion titled “The Long War.”

    “We have not failed yet and we will not fail if we all understand what we have to do. If we can stay together nothing can stop us and we can make the world a better place.”

    Abizaid cited what he called the three greatest challenges facing the world - the Arab-Israeli conflict; the rise of extremist groups “with a dark vision of the future”; and, specifically, the dangers posed by “Shia revolutionary thought.”

    “Where these things come together is in Iraq,” he said. “It’s absolutely not an easy thing to do,” Abizaid went on to say. “But the sacrifice that is necessary to stabilize Iraq must be sustained in order for the region itself to become more resilient against these three challenges.”

    The Donks railed against Bush and Rumsfeld for “not listening to their most vocal generals.” So the question now is will the Donks listen to this general who served in that theater as commander?

  • 20 egospeak // Dec 1, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    Darth, re: 19 and Abizaid.

    Nah… he’s a chickenhawk.

  • 21 wildhowd // Dec 1, 2006 at 1:16 pm

    turn it all into a sheet of glass and let heaven sort it out

  • 22 Bill's Bites // Dec 1, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    Bush Orders Preemptive Redeployment to Iran, Syria…

    Bush Orders Preemptive Redeployment to Iran, Syria Scott Ott (2006-12-01) — Just days before the Iraq Study Group releases its top-secret report, President George Bush today ordered the Pentagon to preemptively redeploy U.S. troops from Iraq to “ne…

  • 23 mig // Dec 1, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    The gentle foot print…

  • 24 conserve-a-tips // Dec 1, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    I have been wondering why I haven’t been hearing about the smoking gun to which Scott refers. It was on Drudge…it was on WND…but you sure don’t hear about it much from other sources.

    And then it dawned on me that the liberals are totally anti-smoking and so they wouldn’t even acknowledge the existence of anything smoking. And then, add to that, since they are so anti-gun as well…my goodness…they would die before acknowledging a gun; let alone a smoking one. So there you have it.

  • 25 onlineanalyst // Dec 1, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    Re Syria: Check out this thread (Scroll back for original article). Commenter ajacksonian has a particularly detailed (and informed) comment at 6:38 am today about Syria’s involvement . As usual, the topic has some knowledgeable commentary scattered in the opinions.

    In my “secret position” in the government, I throw some ideas into the hopper, too— near ajacksonian’s. We must have been composing during the same wee hours.

  • 26 Presto Agitato // Dec 1, 2006 at 4:07 pm

    Redeploying Our Troops…

    Scrappleface sees it my way…….

  • 27 gafisher // Dec 1, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    RedPepper#7: If our new Euro-Dem majority has its way it’ll descend to “Yack and Jaw.”

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  • 29 Ed // Dec 1, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    Sometimes Life Should Imitate Scrappleface…

    I was on The Tammy Bruce Show this morning, discussing the Baker Report, the ABC Report, and Danny DeVito’s drunken retorts. And I must say that Scott Ott has the best advice on how Jim Baker’s recommendations should be implemented……

  • 30 Darthmeister // Dec 1, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    I vote for the holy handgrenade gambit, too. Good call, seneuba. But all we’ll get from the DemDonks is schlock and jaw.

  • 31 R.A.M. // Dec 1, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    This story is almost as funny as hearing Howard Dean speaking phrench in Canada last night!

    I heard “The Great One”, Mark Levin give Scott Ott accolades last night at the start of hour two.

    Congrats Scott!

  • 32 mig_gee // Dec 1, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    We’re going to take Iraq. And Iran. And then we’re going to take Syria. And Jordan. And Pakistan. And then we’re going to take Lebanon…raaahhhhrrrrrr

  • 33 egospeak // Dec 1, 2006 at 7:09 pm

    Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh………………..

  • 34 GnuCarSmell // Dec 1, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    Smoking guns is bad for your health — especially if you inhale.

  • 35 Beerme // Dec 1, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    I love the smell of smoking guns in the morning! It smells like…victory!

  • 36 Darthmeister // Dec 1, 2006 at 9:24 pm


    Campus activists plan to display an “ACLU Nativity Scene” at the University of Texas in response to the civil liberties group’s “extreme” campaign to remove Christmas from the public sphere.

    “We’ve got Gary and Joseph instead of Mary and Joseph in order to symbolize ACLU support for homosexual marriage, and of course there isn’t a Jesus in the manger,” said Tony McDonald, chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas branch on the Austin campus.

    McDonald told WND his group has been working on the “crèche” at his apartment and plans to install it on the West Mall of the campus for display Monday and Tuesday.

    The three Wise Men in the display are Lenin, Marx and Stalin, McDonald said, because ACLU founder Roger Baldwin was a backer of Soviet-style communism.

    As director of the ACLU in 1934, Baldwin wrote an article entitled “Freedom in the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R.” in which he said “the Soviet Union has already created liberties far greater than exist elsewhere in the world.”

    “The whole scene is a tongue-in-cheek way of showing the many ways that the ACLU and the far left are out of touch with the values of mainstream America,” McDonald said in a statement.

    The scene will also have a “terrorist shepherd” and an angel with Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s face, using a photograph of the soon-to-be speaker of the House from San Francisco.

    Buwhahahahahahaha! Now that I would like to see.

  • 37 GnuCarSmell // Dec 1, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    Darth #36 - That’s funny. I don’t know about you, but seeing Nancy Pelosi triggers my “fight or flight” reflex.

  • 38 Godfrey // Dec 1, 2006 at 10:30 pm

    Hank re: #36 - What I’d like to see is a libertarian version of the ACLU: one that actually serves as a watchdog for everyone’s rights and has no political agenda.

    re: #19 - will the Donks listen to this general…?

    I hope they will…and I hope Bush does too. The reason this war has gone so badly (aside from the constant leftist assault) is because our civillian leadership failed to heed the advice of people who have actually done this sort of thing before.

    I was rereading Machiavelli’s “The Prince” last night and I was struck by how completely unoriginal the “Bush Doctrine” really is. Machiavelli talks about how the Romans used preemption as a matter of common sense; nip a problem in the bud before it gets big enough to nip you in the arse.

    I wish some people on the left would pick up that book. They could use a dose of realism about now.

    Bush should give it a read too…if he’s finished reading The Stranger yet.

  • 39 Maggie // Dec 1, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    John Podhoretz(NYP) has an excellent piece today in Real Clear Politics and the article is “Baker’s worthless Iraq advice” or Witless Wisdom.

    Sorry,but I am not able to do the link-up thing.(YET)

  • 40 Laughing@You // Dec 2, 2006 at 1:32 am


  • 41 MargeinMI // Dec 2, 2006 at 5:45 am

    Red Pepper, Your #14 link was excellent. How politically uncorrect for him to suggest that maybe there’s actual evil in the world, and maybe the regimes in Iran and Syria might just be ‘bad guys.’ Wake up world!

    Oh, and good morning, too!

  • 42 MargeinMI // Dec 2, 2006 at 5:48 am

    c-a-t, Your Smoking Gun Theory is brilliant! [slapping hand directly to the forhead! slapping hand directly to the forehead! slapping hand directly to the forehead!] It explains so many, many things.

  • 43 Ms RightWing, Ink // Dec 2, 2006 at 8:04 am

    Good Morning all

    Off to a Christmas party. Gee, Marge, you are up with the chickens, no, the chickens arent’ up yet.

    I was going to go to Fidel’s Birthday today but couldn’t get a ticket from Cleveland to Cuber. (that’s Kerry talk for Cuba)

  • 44 Darthmeister // Dec 2, 2006 at 8:21 am

    Godfrey, I agree on both your points. As to the ACLU, it was founded by a commie symp and I guess it stands to reason the organization’s agenda would essentially parallel that of the Demoncratic Party agenda today.

    If the ACLU stopped being almost exclusively the American CRIMINAL Liberty Union and take a more constitutionally defensible position of being the American Civil Liberty Union which also vigorously protected the rights of hard-working, law-abiding citizens, America would be a much freer and better place as a result. More specifically, the ACLU’s opposition to private gun rights (instead of taking a collectivist view) and its continued infringement upon the rights of people of faith to freely practice their religion in the public institutions and in the public arena, what better way to honor the original intent of the American founders with respect to the founding religion of this country?

    Let America be America with its traditions and religious character on full display. I mean, what’s with trying to take the Christ child out of Christmas, for goodness sake? What an Orwellian lie!

  • 45 JamesonLewis3rd // Dec 2, 2006 at 9:15 am

    The ACLU is a pox on our society and on our wallets.

  • 46 RedPepper // Dec 2, 2006 at 1:27 pm

    Re #39 Maggie: John Podhoretz link here. A sample :

    As one of the study group’s members told the Times yesterday, “We had to move the national debate from ‘whether to stay the course’ to ‘how do we start down the path out’.”

    This is the consensus view of the Iraq Study Group, which is very proud that it reached consensus.

    Its members also reached a consensus view that Depends is a really fine brand of adult diaper, and that they love reruns of “Murder, She Wrote.”

    Maggie, let me know if you want a “how-to” on links, I’d be happy to help …

  • 47 Laughing@You // Dec 2, 2006 at 1:29 pm

    “LaughingEwe#23 If someone threatens to burn down my neighbors house it makes sense for me to do more than watch. Regarding nukes, NoKo, Pakistan et al dont operate on a suicide bomber military doctrine. As for Islam, Iran is to Islam what Jim Jones was to Christianity.
    Dont drink the Kool-Aid.”

    We MUST stay in Iraq for as long as the Iraqi people want us, and they do. Comment by gafisher November 30, 2006 @ 12:03 pm


    When you say WE, tell me how many Canadians are there in Iraq?

  • 48 Maggie // Dec 2, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    Re #46…Thanks RedPepper,you are very nice to offer help.
    BTW…I clicked on your link and was surprised to see your restaurant.My oldest son used to be on the National bicycling circuit and raced (criterium) in Summesville for many years.Sure wish your restaurant has there during those days.(The Greg LeMond era)The menu looks delicious and if I’m ever down that way,I’ll stop in for some eggplant parm.(my favorite)
    Where is Summerville in relation to Myrtle Beach?

  • 49 RedPepper // Dec 2, 2006 at 5:11 pm

    Re #48 Maggie: I’m sure it’s a fine restaurant, but it isn’t mine ; I’m just borrowing their URL to light up my nic her (tho I’m sure they would not mind the free publicity!). Not really sure where Summerville is either ; actually, I am in upstate New York!

    Regarding the link stuff ; do you have a “public” e-mail address? If not, I do …

  • 50 RedPepper // Dec 2, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    Oops. That should have read, “nic (nickname) here (at Scrappleface) ” …

  • 51 RedPepper // Dec 2, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    Maggie: You can send me an email at the following address -

    When you do, please post a comment here at Scrappleface so I know you’ve sent me an email …

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