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The Genius of Strength: from The Smirking Chimp.

by Cenk Uygur | Feb 18 2007 - 10:24am | permalink
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In the 2006 election the American people made it clear that they wanted out of Iraq. They replaced 36 Republicans with Democrats in the House and the Senate, and they didn't remove a single Democrat. Yes, there were other factors, but overall, the message was a resounding 36-0 drubbing. The Democrats are right, let's get out of Iraq. It's not working.

So, what did President Bush do? He decided to put more troops in. Genius. I'll tell you why.

Because we're no longer discussing withdrawal, instead we're debating escalation. The Bush people changed the playing field by coming over the top of the Democrats. They moved the discussion from one where they were playing defense to one where they are playing offense.........
Juan Cole said,
"The report also says that Secretary of State Condi Rice was told on her surprise visit to Baghdad that the Mahdi Army of young nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has decided to cooperate with the security plan and that East Baghdad (Sadr City) is quiet. Why, the al-Maliki government asked, should resources be devoted to an area that is not a problem? This explanation aimed at excusing the sole concentration of the security plan on Sunni Arab areas in West Baghdad."
What is the point Juan Cole trying to make? Sadir City is almost always quiet except occasional car bombs by hidden hands which brought by American rape of Iraq. Whether or not Nuri (the puppet Prime Minister) asked the invaders to go in or not into Sadir City it makes no different. We are told repeatedly Moqtada instructed his murderous anti Sunni militia to lie low: not to go in to Sunni areas murdering civilians or expelling them from their home. Is Juan Cole thought the Sadir militia will confro…