Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack of the liberal Brookings Institute have been among the harshest critics of the war. But after an eight-day trip to Iraq, they find the political debate in Washington "surreal."
In "A War We Just Might Win" buried in the July 30 New York Times, they say the Surrendercrats gave up and neo-anti-war Republicans defected too soon: "We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. We were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily 'victory' but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with.
"(N)o more whack-a-mole, with insurgents popping back up after the Americans leave."
U.S. forces continue to help to build electricity, drinking-water and sanitation systems for the Iraqis. Sunnis and Shiites are setting aside ancient hatreds and working together, and not just on the soccer field. Streets that saw the worst sectarian combat are "coming back to life" while "the outpouring of popular animus" against al-Qaida is overwhelming. Iraqi soldiers and police are rapidly supplanting U.S. security forces in some northern cities. More must be done, but "the surge cannot go on forever. But there is enough good happening on the battlefields of Iraq today that Congress should plan on sustaining the effort at least into 2008."
Messrs. O'Hanlon and Pollack say war critics "seem unaware of the significant changes taking place" in Iraq. They are too charitable.
Indeed they are being too charitable, BUT only to the neoconservative rags. But I would expect nothing less from conservatives like O'hanlon and Pollack. And don't give me that "Liberal" BS in the same sentence as the Brookings Institute. and nevermind the fact that a neocon rag is trying to tie the word "neo" to the overwhelming number of Americans that see the Iraq farce for what it is.
Let us take a quick look at just how great things are going, OK?
Iraq’s political crisis worsened Monday as five more ministers announced a boycott of Cabinet meetings — leaving the embattled prime minister’s unity government with no members affiliated with Sunni political factions.
Ok. Not so good politically.
The US military cannot account for 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to the Iraqi security forces, an official US report says.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the Pentagon cannot track about 30% of the weapons distributed in Iraq over the past three years.
Ouch. Not so good on rebuilding the Iraq military either, as many of those weapons are now shooting back at Americans. Likely, more weapons than Iran could ever give to the insurgents.
Iraq's national power grid is on the brink of collapse, the country's electricity ministry has warned.
Water supplies to Baghdad have also been cut off for days at a time, with summertime pressures on key systems said to be more intense than ever.
UMMM? So much for rebuilding the the electric grid and water plants that those smiley neocon enablers are so happy about.
Fresh violence in Iraq has left at least 37 people dead with 28 of them killed by a suicide truck bomb in the northern town of Tal Afar, police say.
The blast hit a mainly Shia district of the mixed town and injured about 40, with some feared trapped under rubble.
A curfew was imposed across Tal Afar, which was once held up as a showcase for US-led efforts to pacify Iraq.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb hit commuters, killing nine and injuring eight, police and hospital sources say.
Anyone for a deadly game of whackamole?
As for the end of the the Waterbury Republican American neocon talking point extravaganza junkfest, whom else could any neocon hold up as a reasonable warmongering kindof guy?
So rather than demonstrate desperately needed honesty, courage and leadership, they kick the president when he is down and hope to avoid becoming the next Joe Lieberman. They forget Sen. Lieberman won re-election last fall despite the defeatists.
Remember the overwhelming majority of Americans that they labeled as defeatists? Well, the miniscule minority of insane neocons that label YOU as defeatist are lovin' their favourite warmonger, Joe neocon Lieberman.
And this is why the GOP is on the decline, not just in Connecticut, but across this nation. This is also a good reminder why the Waterbury Republican American is fit to line any old bird cage. Just ask any neocon where they are most likely to find their favorite chickenhawk droppings? The Republican American, of course!
Keep in mind these radicals that support Joe Lieberman, and the 70% of Connecticut GOP voters that voted for Joe neocon Lieberman (Independent-R, CT) in 2006 when you see Joe and his fellow republicans kissing up to the GOPs' next presidential nominee.
Joe is no Democrat, nor is he a moderate. He is a neocon wet dream... And Joe neocon Lieberman is just another republican stain on American politics. And don't be the least bit surprised when Joe Lieberman comes out tweeting his chickenhawk tune for the GOP presidential candidate.
You know Joe will. He is a republican water carrier, through and through.