Saturday, April 28, 2007


The next six months will be a crucial period in the Iraq War

Andrew Sullivan writes this morning that "September is the moment that a critical part of the Congressional Republican party abandons this war."

But why?

We've been hearing all along that right now is the turning point, and we're either winning or about to be winning, from Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, President Bush, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, GOP Congressional leaders and propaganda organs like the National Review, and formerly Tom Friedman.

In September, won't they all still be saying the same thing?

Someday, we can assume, the GOP will not be led by delusional, combative, expertise- and knowledge-averse philistines. But there's no evidence that that time will come in the next six months. I sure hope that Sullivan is right, but Boehner, McCain, Pence, Chambliss, et al., despite walking through the worst parts of town with hundred-dollar bills dangling out of their pockets, all seem to have avoided the mugging by reality that they so richly deserve.

Talkingpointsmemo's David Kurtz has a fine post on the Bush administration's "surge" being more like a "punt," a feint devoid of strategic meaning, designed to deposit this mess on the desk of the next president.

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