Monday, September 10, 2007

Re: Petraeus and Crocker

Asking a military man and a political appointee to contradict the President is like asking a tuna for wool.

1. An election is forthcoming; there will be a well-timed drawdown.
2. “My best and honest assessment” means “I plan to have a well-financed retirement.”
3. We will be in Iraq forever, but I won’t tell you that.
4. We will soon be Iran as well, because the US economy just now depends on the war machine, and so do the President and Vice President’s personal wealth.
5. How we count fatalities is none of your business.
6. Progress is being made (somewhere in the world, on something).
7. A democratic Iraq is feasible and we can succeed. I said it: You believe it.
8. Our civilian contractors are honest, too.
9. Iraqis are coming to terms. I said it: You believe it.
10. It isn’t “re-Bathification”; it’s “de-Bathification reform.”

Note to Duncan Hunter: If you object to our questioning Petraeus' credibility, you might suggest that the next administration just stick to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.