The Senate majority leader states the obvious:
"This is the message I took to the president," [Harry] Reid said at a news conference.

"Now I believe myself ... that this war is lost, and that the [escalation] is not accomplishing anything, as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday," said Reid, of Nevada.

"I know I was like the odd guy out yesterday at the White House, but at least I told him what he needed to hear, not what he wanted to hear," he added....

Reid said he did not think more U.S. troops could help. "I think it's failed, I say that without any question," he said of the troop increase.
This was considered outrageous in some quarters but it's long overdue. The US can't build competent levies to save New Orleans but somehow enough taxpayer money can be found to start construction of five apartheid walls around Sunni neighborhoods in Baghdad. This colonial adventure needs to end, soon. It's not working. "The troops" can be protected by returning them to their loved ones. Let the Dubai company Halliburton pay for its own hired guns.

- tom moody 4-23-2007 4:47 pm

I think he is only half right in stating the obvious, in my mind "the elective war" was decisively won several years ago. It's the post war occupation to help Iraq establish a new government on a secure foundation that is an ongoing disaster.

The amount of money this regime has thrown at Iraq is as absurd as their failure to respond after Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. Btw... the second hurricane also kicked Louisiana and Texas' asses.

I've forgotten what the current established reason for this "just war" is, but I do believe there are people getting rich off of it and that had to factor in someplace.
- Art Shirer (guest) 4-26-2007 6:09 pm

The elective war was only apparently decisively won--enough for the American media to crow victory. In fact the combatants "melted away to fight another day" and have been gradually chipping away at the Coalition of the Willing and have Americans pinned down in a few heavily fortified locations, doing jack shit to keep the country from sliding into chaos. Only in the propaganda heaven we call home could this be considered winning a war.
- tom moody 4-26-2007 6:21 pm

i just heard the comely lass sent out to lie to the press corpse say that the mission accomplished banner related only to the mission of the particular ship on which it hung. (they just happened to have it handy. and the codpiece just happened to be flying by and thought hed pop in for a visit, too.)

in her next breath she accused the democrats of using the troops as a prop for political pr. were this a civil society her tongue would be removed forthwith.
- dave 4-26-2007 10:35 pm

Yeah, that fiction won't fly because we've all seen the clip of Bush saying major combat operations in Iraq are all over with that banner behind him. The question isn't how stupid they think we are but how stupid they think the Washington press is and the answer is they *know* they're bottomlessly stupid. I think Broder is just senile, however.
- tom moody 4-26-2007 10:44 pm

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