The latest on the s(pl)urge:
The lack of political progress (in Iraq–ed.) calls into question the core rationale behind the troop buildup President Bush announced in January, which was premised on the notion that improved security would create space for Iraqis to arrive at new power-sharing arrangements. And what if there is no such breakthrough by next summer? “If that doesn’t happen,” Odierno said, “we’re going to have to review our strategy.”
Brig. Gen. John F. Campbell, deputy commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Division, complained last week that Iraqi politicians appear out of touch with everyday citizens. “The ministers, they don’t get out,” he said. “They don’t know what the hell is going on on the ground.”
Dan Froomkin has more.
The justice system?
The tax code?
The War in Afghanistan?
The War in Iraq? (See the opening citation.)
It’s the Midas touch.