Monday, June 16, 2008

Meanwhile: some good news from Iraq

Iraqi violence down and gov't confidence rising
By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer
16 June 2008
BAGHDAD - Signs are emerging that Iraq has reached a turning point. Violence is down, armed extremists are in disarray, government confidence is rising and sectarian communities are gearing up for a battle at the polls rather than slaughter in the streets.

Could we truly be at a "turning point"?
Does it matter?

As the article goes on to note,
Those positive signs are attracting little attention in the United States, where the war-weary public is focused on the American presidential contest and skeptical of talk of success after so many years of unfounded optimism by the war's supporters.
[emphasis added]
And for at least one candidate, it really doesn't matter.

I believe McCain's position is something like,
- if the war's going well, we need to stay.
- if the war's going poorly, we need to stay.
No matter the situation in Iraq, we need to stay.

Maybe Congressional Dems caved to W on war-funding for fear that they'd be accused of abandoning the fight just as we were starting to "win". Why do they still fear Rove?

Me? I'm one of the skeptics - and at this point my view of "winning" is getting out Iraq and letting the chips fall.

Stop the madness!

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