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If John McCain and George W. Bush's escalation plan for Iraq in January 2007, moronically tagged "the surge", has worked or is working or whatthehellever....why this?.....
Despite all the talk about Iraq being "calm," I'd like to point out that the month just before the last visit Barack Obama made to Iraq (he went in January, 2006), there were 537 civilian and ISF Iraqi casualties. In June of this year, 2008, there were 554 according to AP. These are official statistics gathered passively that probably only capture about 10 percent of the true toll. Link
The GOP presidential nominee's bestest neo-conservative buddy, Joe Lieberman had this to say about Barack Obama's current trip to Iraq....
"Look, the fact is that if Barack Obama's policy on Iraq had been implemented, Barack Obama couldn't go to Iraq today, it wouldn't be safe," Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ind-Conn., told Chris Wallace this morning on "Fox News Sunday." Link
Which led Juan Cole to respond this way....
The hype around last year's troop escalation obscures a simple fact: that Obama formed his views about the need for the US to leave Iraq at a time when its security situation was very similar to what it is now! Why a return to the bad situation in late 05 and early 06 should be greeted by the GOP as the veritable coming of the Messiah is beyond me. You have people like Joe Lieberman saying silly things like if it weren't for the troop escalation, Obama wouldn't be able to visit Iraq. Uh, he visited it before the troop escalation, just fine.
The neo-con warriors have never appeared so pitiful. So pathetic. Having misled America into a military act of aggression and ongoing occupation of a formerly sovereign nation, the same neo-conservative militarists, John McCain and Joe Lieberman (along with their team mascot, Commander Guy) are now spouting and spinning and shaking their fear and war-mongering fists....insisting that an escalation of some 20-30 thousand new troops inside the quagmire has brought "victory".
Now, with the Iraqi casualty numbers resembling what they were 2 years ago and after over 1100 more American soldiers have died in the sands of Iraq....Americans are being misled again...this time that the "surge" has worked and "we're winning".
The crime of America's brutal and unilateral attack and occupation of Iraq will go down as the most unveneered proof that America, in reality, is only an imperialistic military nation bent on taking or controlling what it wants.
The American military wasn't sent into Iraq to eliminate WMD. They weren't sent to Iraq for regime change. They weren't sent to Iraq to liberate the Iraqi people. The American military was sent to wage war on Iraqis so that our military could stay in Iraq, permanently. America has "interests in the region." The objective of wasting $10 billion per month in the desert is to NOT LEAVE that desert. That's always been the only objective.
The only purpose of the sound byte known as "the surge" was to, once again, mislead Americans into believing that the endgame in Iraq would be determined by some military solution that would eventually lead to "victory". In reality the political ploy known as "the surge" had only one objective.....to enable our military to STAY in Iraq. George W. Bush embraced the new military aggression plan of escalation to fend off the new Democratic Congess calls in 2007 to get out of Iraq. John McCain embraced the military escalation tactics of Bush's political ploy because he is a full blooded neo-conservative whose objective in Iraq is the same as Bush's...."leaving is losing".
McCain wants to win the Vietnam war so desperately....he's even willing to keep our soldiers in Iraq forever, in order to win the Vietnam war. Go figure.
Maliki and the Iraqi people want the American military occupiers to leave. Now the Iraqi pawns used by George W. Bush are starting to undermine the neo-conservative reason for attacking and occupying Iraq in the first place. American neo-cons wanted to go to Iraq in order to stay there permanently, projecting American military power throughout the region.
When you hear the White House droids saying that there has been a "mistranslation" of Maliki's words, or when you hear Joementum Lieberman claiming that Obama couldn't even go to Iraq if it wasn't for John McCain....or when you hear any neo-conservative wanting to argue that the escalation called "the surge" "is working", "has worked" or anything similar....remember why George and Dick....and Sydney....sent our soldiers to Iraq in the first place.
To stay there.