It's been a while since I've read anything as emblematic of the mindset of the reality-based community as this bit. Usually it is the "progressive" paper that publishes the most ridiculous things, but this was in the generally vanilla Wisconsin State Journal. Factually inaccurate, stuck in the quagmire narrative, and so weakly argued I feel sad for the guy. I don't know who this reflects worse on, the paper for publishing it, or the UW for "educating" this maroon. OK here we go.
Last January, President Bush decided to escalate the Iraq War by sending more troops. Bush did this despite an electoral repudiation of the war, misgivings of the U.S. military 's Joint Chiefs of Staff and the advice of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. Now the White House claims that the escalation is working and is a "return on success. " But what are the facts?
Despite lower U.S. military deaths in the last few months, 2007 has been the deadliest year for U.S. troops since the war began. So far the war has cost the United States more than 3,800 dead, including 81 Wisconsinites, and more than 28,000 wounded. Iraqi civilian and military dead number in the tens of thousands. Iraq remains a devastated society. More than 2 million Iraqis have fled the country.
Furthermore, the Washington Post reports: "Senior (U.S.) military commanders (in Iraq) now portray the intransigence of Iraq 's Shiite-dominated government as the key threat facing the U.S. effort in Iraq, rather than al-Qaida terrorists, Sunni insurgents or Iranian-backed militias. "
Right there is the perfect example of ignoring reality to follow the narrative you have chosen. When US commanders say that the key threat is now the intransigence of the Iraqi government, that is jot because the government has gotten so much worse lately, it's because we defeated al Qaeda and the Sunni insurgents chose to be our allies, same as the Shia militias. That mean we solved three of the four biggest problems the country has, but somehow that means that the one remaining problem is now so important that our victories mean nothing.
Moreover, President Bush 's rationale for sending more U.S. troops was to give the Iraqi government "breathing space it needs to make progress in other critical areas. " But there has been no political reconciliation between Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis. The United States remains mired in an Iraqi civil war with no end in sight. What to do?
What civil war? Mike Yon is in Iraq and he reports that he can't even remember the last gunfight. As anyone not deeply invested in defeat could easily see, security i.e. the three wins, was necessary before you can have any political reconciliation. It's kinda tough to negotiate with someone who is actively blowing up your friends and relatives.
Fortunately, Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Dave Obey, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has taken a leading role in Congress to end the Iraq War. Elected in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam War, Obey has never forgotten the lessons of that misbegotten tragedy: Presidents can be wrong or don 't always tell the truth, and Congress can set limits on the size, scope and duration of war.
I think Kev's head just exploded; he hates Obey as an avocation. The idea that a petty drone like Obey should have input as to the conduct of a war is fine, as long as that input is limited to his single vote in the House. But when he gets involved in Pelosi and Reid's shameful machinations all three are trying to hit well above their weight classes.
Obey doesn 't take guff from sanctimonious opponents or delusional supporters of the Iraq War. He strives to work with GOP colleagues and get their votes.
Shut up, Obey is a crotchety and rude jackass, any action he takes is a political calculation. And As for who is delusional, maybe this clown ought to read the NY Times about success in Iraq.
....President Bush has asked for nearly $150 billion in new spending for the Iraq War. Obey led the House in passing an alternative, giving Bush $50 billion, but "conditioned upon the president agreeing to a policy that declares our intent to end our participation in the civil war in Iraq by the end of 2008. "
I will agree to end our participation in the "civil war" in Iraq immediately, since there no longer is one! So cut loose the funds you chumps. The Dems thought they were put in charge of Congress to ensure that a big defeat was hung on the neck of the neocon global imperialist agenda. Sadly, no. They have made more than 40 attempts to stab our troops in the front and all of those defeatist statements about a war that was already lost will be coming home to roost. I plan on spending countless hours making videos with the thin-lipped, milquetoast, cream in the coffee, cadaver declaring W's folly to be a lost cause, and the House harridan cackling about the lives wasted in our loss. Even Hilly got on board there for a while when they were in full surrendering, cut and run mode last Spring.
I hope I get my July 5th Victory parade, just so I can watch the heads of all the haters exploding. After all the effort the left and the media put into attempting to lose the war in Iraq, it has to be exquisitely painful to watch as the rest of the world realizes that we won and wonders what that means. Heh.