Decider George gave his big speech yesterday and it’s more of the same twisted logic and a demand on the US peoples for even more patience, even after more than five years (Associated Press transcript):
Serious and complex challenges remain in Iraq, from the presence of al-Qaida to the destructive influence of Iran to hard compromises needed for further political progress.
Yet, with the surge, a major strategic shift has occurred. Fifteen months ago, America and the Iraqi government were on the defensive. Today, we have the initiative.
Fifteen months ago, extremists were sowing sectarian violence. Today, many mainstream Sunni and Shia are actively confronting the extremists.
Fifteen months ago, al-Qaida had bases in Iraq that it was using to kill our troops and terrorize the Iraqi people. Today, we have put al-Qaida on the defensive in Iraq and we’re now working to deliver a crippling blow.
Fifteen months ago, Americans were worried about the prospect of failure in Iraq. Today, thanks to the surge, we’ve renewed and revived the prospect of success.
On the security front, thanks to the significant progress Gen. Petraeus reported this week, it is clear that we’re on the right track.
In the period ahead we will stay on the offense against the enemy. As we speak, U.S. special forces are launching multiple operations every night to capture or kill al-Qaida leaders in Iraq.
Coalition and Iraqi forces are also stepping up conventional operations against al-Qaida in northern Iraq where terrorists have concentrated after being largely pushed from central and western Iraq.
And Prime Minister Maliki’s government launched operations in Basra that make clear a free Iraq will no longer tolerate the lawlessness by Iranian-backed militants.
I want to say a word to our troops and civilians in Iraq.
You’ve performed with incredible skill under demanding circumstances. The turnaround you have made possible in Iraq is a brilliant achievement in American history.
And while this war is difficult, it is not endless. And we expect that as conditions on the ground continue to improve, they will permit us to continue the policy of return on success.
The day will come when Iraq is a capable partner of the United States. The day will come when Iraq’s a stable democracy that helps fight our common enemies and promote our common interests in the Middle East.
And when that day arrives, you’ll come home with pride in your success and the gratitude of your whole nation.
However, that whole nation wants out.
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Two-in-five adults in the United States believe the coalition effort should be over in 2009, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. Thirty-nine percent of respondents think the United States should bring all troops home from Iraq within a year, up two points since February.
In addition, 26 per cent of respondents would withdraw all soldiers immediately, and 31 percent want them to remain in Iraq until the mission is complete.
Decider George makes one wonder if he’s not gone completly daff. We can only conjure up that he really just doesn’t give a shit, blubbering words HE think everyone wants to hear.
Iraq is getting hotter with each passing day, and it’s notÂ just the oncoming summer season.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s disaster in Basra a couple of weeks ago lays open the horrible truth of the failed mission in Iraq.
The “endgame,” as Secretary of Defense Bob Gates so aptly put it, is there is no endgame. The US will be in Iraq, and dying in Iraq, for decades.
No matter the president next January, US GIs will still be fighting an insurgent war in a place where no one wants US.
Instead of an end:
The myth of the “calm” â€“ a scant 600 innocent lives ended violently in a month â€“ in Iraq was shattered two weeks ago when an intra-Shia power struggle turned bloody, exposing Bush’s strategy as a mere Band-Aid covering up the festering wounds of Iraqi societal strife.
“That’s essentially where we are right now. Violence is down on the surface, but a lot is boiling underneath,” Michael Ware, a correspondent for CNN who reports extensively from inside Iraq, said at a forum on Iraq at the Center for American Progress last week.
While Bush claims that his Iraq policy is not beholden to public opinion polls in the US, it is increasingly difficult to view the respective aspects of the US strategy as doing anything more than reducing violence now to quell domestic dissent against the war at the cost of deferring further strife until a new administration takes power in Washington next January â€“ giving Bush political cover to disown more widespread fighting that could destabilize what little order has been imposed since the aftermath of Iraq’s invasion in 2003.
“The fundamental problem in Iraq was the militias,” said journalist Nir Rosen, speaking at the same event. “The Americans have now created more militias, or at least backed them and allowed them to arm themselves and control territory. Obviously, that is a very frightening scenario.”
— Ali Gharib, Inter Press Service, (4/11/08)
Decider George has created this “frightening scenario,” which he will hand off to a new president next year.
The Bush mouth, big ranch-no cattle, destroyer of nations, will just simply retire to Crawford and spend out his days with his feet up.
And nothing it seems, absolutely nothing, will change that course of events.
Bad news on the doorstep.