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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Stay Delusional. Vote McCain.
Posted by Jill | 6:48 AM
That should be John McCain's new slogan. Because after nearly five and a half years of spinning our wheels in Iraq, John McCain, like the man he wants to succeed, says that a trillion dollars into our little adventure in Iraq, we're finally making progress. Not enough progress to leave, that will NEVER happen, but enough progress to perhaps fool enough people into supporting dumping more of their children's future into this mess:

Appearing together in solidarity, Republican John McCain and Iraq’s president said yesterday that the war-ravaged country is making significant but fragile progress.

The GOP presidential nominee-in-waiting expressed confidence about prospects for the two countries completing a complex agreement that would keep U.S. troops in Iraq after a U.N. mandate expires at year’s end. And Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said an American military presence still was needed.

“I, of course, am encouraged. We both agree that the progress has been significant but the progress is also fragile. And there’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” McCain said at the end of a private meeting with Talabani.

Meanwhile, back in reality:

Senior Iraqi government officials said Saturday that a U.S. Special Forces counterterrorism unit conducted the raid that reportedly killed a relative of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, touching off a high-stakes diplomatic crisis between the United States and Iraq.

U.S. military officials in Baghdad had no comment for the second day in a row, an unusual position for a command that typically releases information on combat operations within 24 hours.

The raid occurred at dawn Friday in the town of Janaja near Maliki's birthplace in the southern, mostly Shiite Muslim province of Karbala. Ali Abdulhussein Razak al Maliki, who was killed in the raid, was related to the prime minister and had close ties to his personal security detail, according to authorities in Karbala.

The incident puts an added strain on U.S.-Iraqi negotiations to draft a Status of Forces Agreement, a long-term security pact that will govern the conduct of U.S. forces in Iraq. Members of the Iraqi government and security forces said the raid only deepened their reluctance to sign any agreement that did not leave Iraqis with the biggest say on when and how combat operations are conducted.

The U.S. military handed Iraqi forces control of Karbala security in October 2007. By the end of 2007 the U.S. military had transferred nine of the country's 18 provinces to Iraqi control.

"We are afraid now of signing the long-term pact between Iraq and America because of such unjustified violations by the troops. Handing over security in provinces doesn't mean anything to the American troops," said Mohamed Hussein al Musawi, a senior Najaf-based member of the prime minister's Dawa Party. "We condemn these barbaric actions not only when they target a relative of Maliki's, but when any Iraqi is targeted in the same way."


As Congress gears up to debate the Bush administration's latest request for an additional $108 billion in war funding for Iraq and Afghanistan, Iraqis are fuming at suggestions being floated by lawmakers that Baghdad should start paying a share of the war's costs by providing cheap fuel to the U.S. military.

"America has hardly even begun to repay its debt to Iraq," said Abdul Basit, the head of Iraq's Supreme Board of Audit, an independent body that oversees Iraqi government spending. "This is an immoral request because we didn't ask them to come to Iraq, and before they came in 2003 we didn't have all these needs."

Is anyone in the media going to get off their knees in front of McCain long enough to ask him about this? Or are they going to continue to tell the American people that this delusional old man is the best choice to handle the situation in Iraq becuase he's capable of clapping his hands and saying, "I do believe! I do I do I DO!!!"

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Blogger Not me said...
What planet are you from...the war is only one of many facets facing this nation. You say McCain is the delusional's choice, but you didn't mention the other workable plan put forth by the other presidential choice...oh, wait they don't have a plan either.

You throw numbers around for the cost of this war-how about the continuing saga of immigration and the estimated 300-400 BILLION that costs annualy, and the lack of a plan on either side-largely due to a do-nothing democratic-controled Congress, (how about the liberal position to increase YOUR taxes if they are elected-you do pay taxes, right?).

To continue to ignore the other issues, and mainly to accept as gospel any information from Iraqi or US media sources as prima facia evidence to support your positon is really burying your head in the sand.

As far as the comment on the media-hey don't cater to McCain any more than Obama. They misrepresent and misinform all, more or less equally. They are quick to tell you more soldiers died in military action, or civilians were killed as a result of such action. Thay make headlines (and sell advertising with it) so how pure are their motives.

But for them to report how many people were needlessly killed in Detroit, or LA, or New York (you pick the city or the problem) in a similar time frame as the death in Iraq because of drugs or any other reason? Oh, wait, that isn't news....that sells.

You think that a simple matter such as the truth is something that your liberal media will let get in the way of a story....

So, you stay delusional, and I think I will stay with the facts.

Thanks for playing.

Blogger Unknown said...

Stay Delusional. Vote McCain.