Tuesday, May 02, 2006

What Happened To Mission Accomplished?

Watch this video. As if things weren't already bad enough in Iraq, chimpyco's belligerence continues to make it worse. Now we have Iraqi officials threatening to unleash waves of suicide bombers against the US troops...

VIDEO - Iraqi Officials Pledge Suicide Bombers to Stop Attack on Iran
The City Council of Al-Basra has vowed that it will "do everything in their power" to prevent U.S. forces from launching an attack on Iran from Southern Iraq. The Council said that it wanted to maintain a good relationship with neighboring countries. The Council believes that Iran has a right to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

The head of Basra's City Council stressed their resolve to stop any attack by saying, "I assure you when we talked about martyring that it wasn't a slip of the tongue. Iraqis are known for their willingness to offer the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of their principals."
This nonsense by the GOP about attacking Iran right now over their nuclear program needs to stop. Time out! It's got a lot more to do with Chimpy's low poll numbers, Bolton's 5 point insanity plan to help him recover from them, and Rove's scheme to make this years election about national security. Josh Marshall calls them on it:

The White House is now telling us that engineering a confrontation with Iran is a key part of their plan to resuscitate the president's dismal approval ratings in time to survive election day. (...)

With respect to what's coming on Iran, what is in order is a little honesty, just as was the case with the Social Security debate a year ago. The only crisis with Iran is the crisis with the president's public approval ratings. Period. End of story. The Iranians are years, probably as long as a decade away, and possibly even longer from creating even a limited yield nuclear weapon. Ergo, the only reason to ramp up a confrontation now is to help the president's poll numbers.

This is a powerful message because it is an accurate message. We have many challenges overseas today. Chief among them, as one of the Democrats' senate candidates puts it, is "refocusing America's foreign and defense policies in a way that truly protects our national interests and seeks harmony where they are not threatened." The period of peril the country is entering into isn't tied to an Iranian bomb. It turns on how far a desperate president will go to avoid losing control of Congress.

Go to his heart. Go to his weaknesses. Though the realization of the fact is something of a lagging indicator, the man is a laughing stock, whose lies and failures are all catching up with him.

To the president the Democrats should be saying, Double or Nothing is Not a Foreign Policy. ...(more)

However, it occurs to me that we never caught Osama bin Forgotten, al Zawahri, or Mullah Omar for that matter, before we went into Iraq.

Perhaps it should be more like Hoping 3rd Time's a Charm is Definitely Not Foreign Policy!


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