President Bush announced the implementation of his "Fortress Baghdad" policy yesterday. Which, in summary, involves sending another 20,000 or so US troops to Baghdad together with a similar number of Iraqi troops.
In hard political terms, even though this is utter folly and will result in many more civilian and military deaths, Bush has no choice but to do this.
Bush is in the final leg of his presidency, he is looking to leave a legacy. Currently the legacy of his presidency will be that of catastrophic failure at home and abroad; with the Republican party pushed out of Congress, the Senate and more than likely the Oval Office.
Bush, in his mind, has nothing left to lose, and everything to gain by throwing another 20,000 troops at the problem.
The fact that they are to be positioned only in Baghdad indicates that Bush has realised that the rest of Iraq is now beyond hope. His strategy, if that phrase can be used for this folly, is to maintain fortress Baghdad and the world's largest embassy; thus giving the US some foothold in the Middle East, which is now in total chaos as a result of the failed US venture.
All is not lost for Bush, Britain's foreign secretary Margaret Beckett came out in strong support of Bush today; saying that she was pleased that he was doing this.
What she forgot to mention was that Britain will not be putting more troops in to back up our US allies, but in fact withdrawing 3,000 in the coming months.
Bush stands isolated in his Whitehouse bunker, at home and abroad, it is only a matter of time before he is forced to yield.
Unfortunately his imminent demise has been brought about at the heavy price of thousands of lives, and utter chaos in the Middle East.