Just because the man wears stars and has a degree from
Gee, whiz. Bush-Betraeus will withdraw 4,000 troops. After adding 35,000 earlier this year to no good purpose whatsoever. What is particularly rankling here is that Bush and his crypto-fascist cadres who read the Constitution one way when it suits themselves and another when it comes to declaring war, forget that the president is the commander of the armed forces. To say he will do what his generals advise is to turn his job and the Constitution on its head.
Here is what the Demander in Chief said earlier this year about the positives of a “surge.”
“We can expect to see Iraqi troops chasing down murderers, fewer brazen acts of terror, and growing trust and cooperation from
's residents. When this happens, daily life will improve, Iraqis will gain confidence in their leaders, and the government will have the breathing space it needs to make progress in other critical areas. Most of Baghdad Iraq's Sunni and Shia want to live together in peace -- and reducing the violence in will help make reconciliation possible.” Baghdad
None of that has happened and Sunnia and Shia have never lived together in peace, do not wish to and will never do so. Our best hope is that they wipe each other out, and rapid withdrawal of
Said the Salamander in Chief back in January:
“To step back now would force a collapse of the Iraqi government, tear the country apart, and result in mass killings on an unimaginable scale. Such a scenario would result in our troops being forced to stay in
even longer, and confront an enemy that is even more lethal. If we increase our support at this crucial moment, and help the Iraqis break the current cycle of violence, we can hasten the day our troops begin coming home.” Iraq
And now he wants more time.
I forgot who said it, but I subscribe to this comparison: If on Dec. 7, 1941, a gunner on the
The Republican hate-mongers keep talking about Democrats wanting to “surrender.” They have it wrong and they know it. It is the Liar in Chief who has surrendered your security for his place in history. And his rightful place in history is next to another famous war hero general. Move over, Benedict.