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