Iraq Will Miss Key Goals By September

May 29, 2007 at 9:50 am | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, Congress, conservatives, Foreign Policy, George W Bush, Iraq, Military, Republicans, secret combinations, War | 2 Comments

But we knew this, because what goals have they actually reached even now? We were told back in January and February that in the “next few months” (the standard Friedman Unit is six months), we’d see signs of “success.” Well, eight Americans were killed just yesterday, Memorial Day of all days. Eight more Americans to remember in future Memorial Day celebrations.

The LA Times has details on just what Iraq will miss by September.

U.S. military leaders in Iraq are increasingly convinced that most of the broad political goals President Bush laid out early this year in his announcement of a troop buildup will not be met this summer and are seeking ways to redefine success.

In September, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq, is scheduled to present Congress with an assessment of progress in Iraq. Military officers in Baghdad and outside advisors working with Petraeus doubt that the three major goals set by U.S. officials for the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki will be achieved by then.

Enactment of a new law to share Iraq’s oil revenue among Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish regions is the only goal they think might be achieved in time, and even that is considered a long shot. The two other key benchmarks are provincial elections and a deal to allow more Sunni Arabs into government jobs.

With overhauls by the central government stalled and with security in Baghdad still a distant goal, Petraeus’ advisors hope to focus on smaller achievements that they see as signs of progress, including local deals among Iraq’s rival factions to establish areas of peace in some provincial cities.

So in other words, the US military is going to attempt to gloss over some severe failures with small gains. Of course, Republicans and their dwindling supporters will try to further over-hype the significance of those small gains, while totally ignoring the severe failures. Well, hey Republican Senators and Congressmen, you better think clearly and rationally about that November 2008 election. A whole bunch of you are up for reelection. You want to win? Then give up your president. You want to stay in power and keep the Republican “dream” alive? Then give up your president. Give him up. Or, if you wish to keep your president, know, you will not survive the election as our representatives any longer.


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  1. Or, if you wish to keep your president, know, you will not survive the election as our representatives any longer.

    And there are a lot of people unhappy with the Democrats in office right now for having caved on the troop withdrawal timeline.

    They should have told the President, “Hey, you vetoed the last bill we sent you, so we’re not sending you any more. Make us an offer, if we like it, we’ll deal. If not, then we guess it’s time to bring ’em all home.”

    So, who survives the next election cycle is anybody’s guess.

  2. I’m quite unhappy with them right now. Right now though they are the ones who can stay the madness. Or maybe not. Maybe it is high time that we had ourselves a revolution (certainly not a secession though đŸ˜‰ )

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