Sunday, September 9

The Full Court Press the Way Forward

"We are kicking ass" in Iraq, our cowboy president has said. Fox News and other unofficial mouthpieces for the president are pointing out the many reasons why we should be cautiously optimistic about winning in Iraq. Sen. Lindsey Graham said, "Within the next weeks, not months, there will be a major breakthrough on the benchmarks regarding political reconciliation. And after the last two weeks of being a reservist, you could see Sunnis and Shia and Kurds taking a second look at Iraq."

And we have already been marinated by "leaked" reports that point out that while all benchmarks haven't been met, some have and what General Petraeus is likely to say is the surge is tarting to work. Despite past history regarding the reading of intelligence, the DC storyline will be "stay the course."

The bottom-line is that the war is going to continue as long as George Bush is in the White House and it ultimately will be decided on election day 2008 what the exit strategy will be. Politically, the Democrats can trial balloon, protest, and threaten, but the truth is that unless the Republicans in the Senate jump ship wholesale on the president, it will be more of the same.

For General Petraeus, as the co-pilot said in "Snakes on a Plane" to protagonist Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson)-- "It sucks to be you right now, huh."

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