* Increase troop levels by up to 20,000 to secure Baghdad and allow redeployments elsewhere in Iraq.What can be read into this?
* Focus on regional cooperation with international conferences and/or direct diplomatic involvement of countries such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
* Revive the reconciliation process between Sunnis, Shiites and others.
* Increase resources from Congress to fund training and equipment for Iraqi security forces.
* First and foremost, the "last big push" aspect would seem to be a rare concession to reality. Iraq already has tipped into civil war. Chaos is next. If the U.S. strategy cannot prevail, then it's time to get out.Onward ho!
* Conspicuous in its absence is any mention of Iran and Syria, which the White House has adamantly refused to talk to although these governments could provide a much needed safety valve.
* The notion of reviving the sectarian reconciliation process seems ridiculous at this point.
* Also conspicious in its absence is any mention of the word democracy.