Posted: 08/16/07 18:55, Edited: 08/20/07 13:37
by Dave Mindeman
When the Bushnik first proposed his "surge" plan early in the year, he seemed very confident to put the success or failure of the surge in the hands of General David Petraeus. Expectations were high. General Petraeus would put this plan in place, weigh the results, and report on his ideas going forward in an honest and forthright manner.
With so much emphasis placed on this "September" report, everyone seems to have agreed to make this the focal point of policy going forward. After all, the General would give us a first hand account of results on the ground.
Or so we thought.
Bush and his White House toadies (what's left of them anyway), can't seem to let the chips fall where they may. They have spent so much time, spinning, manipulating, and, sometimes, even falsifying the data, that they simply can't leave a report in the hands of an honest man -- even a biased one.
Therefore, the actual writing of this report will not come from the General himself -- no, that will come from somewhere deep in the bowels of the White House Madison Avenue corps. Nothing can be left to chance when it comes to Iraq policy.
We are not even sure if the good General will even make a personal appearance on the Hill..... it looks like official policy statements will be in the hands of Condi Rice and Robert Gates. Veterans of the Capitol Hill "thrust and parry" exchanges.
It looks like we have been hoodwinked, yet again. Oh, the Democrats will howl and squeal for awhile.... and then fold their tent. We will hear about nominal troops withdrawals going into next year.... and of the many political "overtures" coming out of the Iraqi puppet government...... and then we will continue the carnage.
It looks like the "September" Report is yet another White House rendition of bait and switch.