Dick Polman on the S(pl)urge (TM) (emphasis added):
Clearly, the troop “surge” has acted as a tourniquet to staunch the bleeding, and that has apparently calmed the millions of Americans who care about Iraq only when people (especially Americans) are being killed in unacceptably large numbers. Apparently the current death rate – 600 Iraqi civilians a month, or 20 a day – is considered acceptable.
The U.S. troop surge has tamped down the violence quite nicely. But the purpose of the surge was to create enough space for the central Iraqi government to successfully pursue political reconciliation between Shiites and Sunnis, and thus lock in the gains achieved by the surge. And it turns out – I know this will come as a shock – that the central Irqai government has done virtually nothing. Which means that the gains achieved by the surge could be reversed at some future point – probably the point at which U.S. troop levels are reduced. If they are reduced, given the dangers of the fractious failed state that Bush and his war team have created.
So the question is, what happens next spring, when the Bush war team has to decide whether to loosen its tourniquet? Presumably, the major presidential contenders – or, by then, the presumptive nominees – will need to weigh in on that. With an election looming, there’s no way this war can stay under the radar.
The Bushie legacy. A legacy of lies and failure.
A legacy shared by the Republican Party, which faithfully follows the faithless and feckless Bushies.
A pox on the houses of all who find a war for a lie more valuable than the lives of innocents.
There is, of course, a certain bitter amusement in watching Greater Wingnuttia twist itself into pretzels to justify the Bushies’ betrayal of America, of the Constitution of the United States of America, and of the ideals of the Founders.
But the amusement is there only because the alternative is tears.