Friday, August 31, 2007

Slimed In The Green Zone

Give me a break! One incredulous report after another. It's become almost routine. Almost the norm.  Then, you stumble across one that makes you take a deep breath and sigh...

Petraeus Proving To Be A Political Hack

I have been extremely careful in not labelling General David Petraeus as essentially becoming a political hack for the Bush Administration's Iraq policy. I have argued that he will deliver a soldier's report, one intent on shoring up support for a mission he believes in and feels he can accomplish. I have always argued he can not be, by definition, an honest evaluator of his own strategy and performance. That just seems common sense to me. But it is becoming increasingly clear, for even someone like me that really does not want to believe it, that General Petraeus and his operation have chosen to become political hacks doing [...]

UPDATE: AMERICAblog has more:

Spinning members of Congress in Baghdad: Lobster tortellini, cheat sheets and children's cartoons

The Bush administration has been in full campaign mode over the Iraq war since it started. They've put enormous time and resources into messaging the war, not so much into a strategy to extricate the U.S. from the quagmire. Over the past week, there have been several article demonstrating the public relations push the Bush team made with members of Congress visiting Iraq this [...]

From the other side: Troops to "Surrender Democrats": Up Yours

The Washington Post headline caught the self-pity of a couple of antiwar congressmen: "Lawmakers Describe 'Being Slimed in the Green Zone' "  —  If they were "slimed," it was with their own words.  As these congressmen visited Iraq […]

There was this one, little, incident that couldn't quite be managed by PR..

Iraq: Close Call for Congressional Delegation

A close call in Iraq leaves me wondering 'what if?'. What if this attack had succeeded? Congressional sources confirmed late Thursday that a military transport plane carrying three Republican senators and a Democratic representative was attacked by either missiles or rocket-propelled grenades after taking off from the Baghdad airport. Sens. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., Mel Martinez, R-Fla., and Rep. Robert E. “Bud” Cramer, D-Ala., were uninjured after their C-130 transport plane took evasive measures and dispatched flares to avoid the incoming fire. Shelby recounted the incident [...]

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