July 24, 2007

It'll Be 6 Years On......

Michael Gordon floats the latest trial balloon: "sustainable security" by the summer of '09. It's pretty clear whoever comes into office in January of that year, whatever he or she decides to do, will be grappling with the reality of some approximately 120,000-160,000 U.S. troops still in Iraq, barring quite dramatic events before then either on the ground or domestically in Washington.

UPDATE: A golden oldie:

Feb. 7 '03, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, to U.S. troops in Aviano, Italy: "It is unknowable how long that conflict [Iraq] will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months."

Or, goodness gracious, 6 years! But who's counting?

Posted by Gregory at July 24, 2007 03:39 AM
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I knew that Michael Gordon's last piece was a fake, a ruse meant to distract. He's now back to kowtowing the Bush line.

It can still get worse folks. We've not yet seen bottom on this.

Posted by: Dan at July 24, 2007 01:08 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Equally depressing was the Wapo's call for covert operations in the Warizstan (sp?) region of Pakistan.

Posted by: gregdn at July 24, 2007 11:17 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

The palpable sweat forming on the dogs of war drips like Chinese water torture. They know the legacy of their wrongheaded Nation Building will hound them to Baskerville Hell for at least 40 years of political exile
on a figurative island, Elba. Their only hope is to hand off this turd-baton to the next administration, lie low and claim they didn't lose
'cause we didn't give em a chance to make it a success.

Just as the Plausible Denialists took 30 years to stop defending Nixon
and curl up into a defensive ball of silence in current discussions,
they will continue their myopic, anti-hill view of opposing perspective.

Anyone who will be converted, has already 'come to Jesus'. The rest will roast in Hades, while claiming perfect comfort and peace of mind.

Posted by: Semanticleo at July 25, 2007 12:20 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

'ant-hill'

Posted by: Semanticleo at July 25, 2007 12:22 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Conspiracy? What conspiracy?

http://thenexthurrah.typepad.com/the_next_hurrah/2007/07/cunningham-cifa.html

Posted by: Semanticleo at July 25, 2007 02:36 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

The bottom line is that there is no out. Once into the mix where national safety and economic viability are at stake there can be no decision that leaves those two elements at risk--once the lion's been bearded tweakers all we become. Oh the horror, the horror of politicians who dare not speak the truth.

Posted by: Doublecinco at July 25, 2007 06:52 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

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