Monday, March 17, 2008

Surge status

Good article by Blue Texan of Firedoglake (http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/79732/), updating everyone about how the Surge has not yet produced the political reconciliation promised some fourteen months ago. This is an important narrative to get into the discussion. John McCain's success currently is tied to the public perception that the Surge has been a success.

It's critical to defeat McCain for the Democratic nominee to be able to make the point that the Surge was a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. The whole point of the Surge was to "buy time" for Iraq's political leaders to make progress on reconciliation, so we wouldn't have to maintain that kind of presence. Remember the whole "no open-ended committment" thing that the current President insisted we weren't doing? Apparently, many in our short-attention-span culture don't. It's important to remind them if the Democrats aren't going to squander an even more golden opportunity to take the White House than they had in 2004.

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Proconsul Petraeus, Who We Must Never Question, on the Bush/McCain Surge:

Iraqi leaders have failed to take advantage of a reduction in violence to make adequate progress toward resolving their political differences, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said Thursday.

Did you get that? Failed.

Petraeus, who is preparing to testify to Congress next month on the Iraq war, said in an interview that "no one" in the U.S. and Iraqi governments "feels that there has been sufficient progress by any means in the area of national reconciliation," or in the provision of basic public services.
No one, except of course, for St. McCain and the war cheerleaders.

Just as a reminder, here's Bush 14 months ago:

I've made it clear to the Prime Minister and Iraq's other leaders that America's commitment is not open-ended. If the Iraqi government does not follow through on its promises, it will lose the support of the American people -- and it will lose the support of the Iraqi people. Now is the time to act.

Since that speech, 1034 Americans have been killed in Iraq.

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