Archive for 26, July 2008

Iraq, the world and Everything part III

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 26, July 2008 by chockblock

Bring the troops home! End the Occupation! That’s been the mantra for years. Obama’s been on a tour promoting
himself his candidacy and his plans across the middle east and europe.

This begs the question:

What would happen if we were to pull out much faster, on a 16-month timetable? Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond, commander of coalition forces in Baghdad, says that would be “very dangerous” — the same words used by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Of course, if the Iraqi government tells us to leave, we will have to leave. But, the prime minister’s ambiguous comments notwithstanding, the Iraqi government is saying no such thing, because most Iraqis realize that the gains of the surge are fragile and could be undone by a too-rapid departure of U.S. forces.

Souce: Max Boot at the WashingtonPost.

Spook86 at In From the Cold points out that the Democrats (esp. the chosen one) hated Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki. Hated until he tried to make friends with their candidate. Spook also points out that Maliki may have simply been trying to make firends simply because it Obama looks like a presidential contender.

While on tour, many pundits started to take apart the Obama halo. Vague promises, stirring speeches and photo ops do not a president make. Neither does blowing off wounded U.S. troops because you cannot campaign at a U.S. military base.

Meanwhile we keep winning the Iraq war.

The NYT complains that there are too few photos of wounded and dead U.S. troops. However the Associated Press has now joined the U.S. side. They admit that the U.S. and the Coalition is winning.

Change we can believe in.