Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The war will go on.

AP reports:

"President Bush's senior advisers on Iraq have recommended he stand by the current war strategy, and he is unlikely to order more than a symbolic cut in troops before the end of the year, administration officials said yesterday."

So much for the mandate of November 2006.

After waiting all this time for the General and the Ambassador (the G & A) to get back to "report," it turns out their recommendations are right in line with what W. has wanted all along. It's as if this outcome was planned all along, even before W.'s "surprise" visit to Iraq to meet with the G & A.

Now that all this suspense it over, it's on to Congress where the G & A will try to get his wavering GOP enablers to buy what W. is selling. They're really going to have to work at suspending their sense of disbelief to shallow the line that Petraeus and Crocker are independent straight shooters simply giving their best professional appraisal of the Surge. [Perhaps, both Petraeus and Crocker ought to have a little chat with Colin Powell before they put their reputations on the line for this president]

Every really independent report about what's going on Iraq would tend to lead most sane folks to believe that propping up Iraq's corrupt, sectarian government wasn't worth another ounce of American blood. And most sane people would also believe that even this current batch of craven congressional GOP toadies wouldn't be dumb enough to continue to risk their political careers by following a lame duck president over the cliff, but they would also be wrong.

Everything about this war is totally insane, from bungling beginning to bloody endless stalemate. Some how, W.'s handlers continue to be able to sucker or frighten just enough of the electorate and a few gullible members of his own Party to block any attempt to put an end to this grotesque war. Future generations going to look back on this era and scratch their heads trying to figure out how the American people sat by and allowed a few moneyed ideologues railroad them into such a pointless and disastrous war.


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