Monday, October 15, 2007

Okay then - the surge did work

By Libby

You want good news about Iraq, here's some great news.
The U.S. military believes it has dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al-Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over the group, which the Bush administration has long described as the most lethal U.S. adversary in Iraq.

Alrighty then. Let's declare victory and get the hell out of Baghdad. But wait -- naysayers in the peanut gallery. If we win too soon, it will interfere with the long term occupation the White House prefers to further its political agenda.

But as the White House and its military commanders plan the next phase of the war, other officials have cautioned against taking what they see as a premature step that could create strategic and political difficulties for the United States. Such a declaration could fuel criticism that the Iraq conflict has become a civil war in which U.S. combat forces should not be involved. At the same time, the intelligence community, and some in the military itself, worry about underestimating an enemy that has shown great resilience in the past.

Yeah. We wouldn't want people connecting the dots or doing anything like noticing the truth about the occupation. It kind of kills the fearmongering if we admit we routed AQ in Iraq. The neo-cons would have to come up with a whole new justification to stay and hell, they're running out of reasons. Besides, somebody has to protect Hunt Oil's interests in the Kurd contracts they just signed.

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Blogger Swampcracker said...

I hope you forgive this long comment. A long rant would be more apt. For me the issue is not one of whether or not the Surge is working, but one of credibility. For me, the administration ran out of credibility long ago.

Here is the long litany of mismanagement, incompetence, and deceptions that have characterized this war since inception. Let me count the ways:

The estimated number of American soldiers who were rushed into an ad hoc, itchy-trigger-finger war without flack jackets or armored protection.

The number of American soldiers killed in Iraq (as of September 10, 2007).

The estimated amount of American casualties that would have been prevented had our troops been supplied with flack jackets and armored-vehicles.

The number of American soldiers wounded (as of September 10, 2007) of whom 8,298 will never lead normal lives and will be dependent on the VAMC and a government that will abandon them like the Vietnam vets who were abandoned generations ago.

The amount in tons of missing ordinance spread around Iraqi weapons sites that our government failed to secure. These became veritable shopping malls of explosives left for looting by would-be insurgents. During the presidential election, Bush accused Kerry of making "wild charges" about missing explosives. Nevertheless, Dr, David Kay, our WMD inspector in Iraq, confirmed: “Thousands of tons of ammunition were being looted, and that is what is fueling the insurgency." Bush lied about Kerry’s charges to deceive voters.

The estimated number of Iraqi Army personnel and Ba’athist civil servants turned out of their jobs and left unemployed. “An examination of personnel records showed that important Ba’athists did not appear in large numbers until the rank of major general. Even then, only 50 per cent of those officers were affected” (Gordon, NYT, Oct 21, 04). It was those unemployed Iraqis who swelled the ranks of the insurgency, complements of Bush, Cheney and Bremer.

The estimated number of Iraqis killed to date.

Three billion dollars per week is the estimated cost of the Iraq war borne by American taxpayers.

The amount of active-duty military experience on the resumes of key members of the Bush administration: President George W. Bush – ZERO; National Security Advisor Condo Lisa Rice – ZERO; Vice-President Dick Cheney – ZERO; Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld - ZERO. When asked by a reporter why he never served in the military, VP Dick Cheney stated that he had “more important things to do."

The term used by Donald Rumsfeld to portray soldiers as mere commodities, or as one commentator noted: “Rumsfeld calls our soldiers ‘fungibles,’ dehumanizing them to the level of the little wooden objects on his war table. He is oblivious to the harm done to America, to our military, to the suffering he has caused to our soldiers and Iraqis. He should have been fired long ago … But we have a commander who calls our precious Constitution, which he has sworn to defend, “nothing but a g__ d___ piece of paper,” a commander who laughs and jokes on camera about not finding any WMDs behind his chair. All while soldiers are dying and getting their limbs blown off” (A. J. McAllister, Military City, November 10, 2006).

The term used by General Sir Michael Jackson, former chief of British forces in Iraq, to describe Donald Rumsfeld. In The Daily Telegraph (Sunday September 2, 2007), Sir Michael was particularly critical of Bush's decision to hand over control of running post-invasion Iraq to the Department of Defense. "All the planning carried out by the State Department went to waste," wrote Sir Michael Jackson. Furthermore, he said, the US decision to disband the Iraqi army after Saddam's overthrow was "very short-sighted ... We should have kept the Iraqi security services … and put them under the command of the coalition."

The admission made by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her visit to Blackburn England one year ago. "I know we've made tactical errors, thousands of them, I'm sure," she said. But what she didn’t say is that there is a legal distinction between a minor fender-bender versus felony manslaughter resulting in catastrophic loss of life.

Not to mention the terrible judgment of history that will come back to haunt our nation for generations.

Remind me to add those comments made by General Sanchez last week.

8:40:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Great compliation Eco. Rather eyeopening when you add it all up.

11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they've gotten good at muddying the waters. after 4 years of course they'd get better at it. it's like the friedman unit thing. it's always on the cusp of being really good.

3:56:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I don't know how they keep getting away with it Lester. By now you would think even the most clueless would have realized what they're up to.

4:29:00 PM  

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