- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I appreciate where David Frum is coming from when he suggests that in his speech to the nation tonight President Bush should:

Hang a map of Baghdad on one wall. A map of Iraq on another. Have the president stand between them with a laser pointer. Let him show where the sectarian fighting in the city is occurring, let him detail where US troops are currently deployed. Then he can explain the new plan: Where the extra troops would go, what they would do, where the new checkpoints would be placed, how the city would be cleared, how it would be held.

No flowery language, no hazy generalities. Detail, detail, detail — to assure the American people that their commander-in-chief has thought this plan through and has reason to believe that it can and will work.

Still, I can’t help but be reminded of this scene from “Airplane!“:

Elaine: Oh, Ted! I never knew I could be so happy. These few months have been just wonderful. Tomorrow, why don’t we drive up the coast to that little seafood place and … what’s the matter?

Striker: My orders came through. My squadron ships out tomorrow; we’re bombing the storage depots at Daiquiri at 18:00 hours. We’re coming in from the north, below their radar.

Elaine: When will you be back?

Striker: I can’t tell you that. It’s classified.

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