The same shell game is being played on the American people over and over again. Bush declares success in Iraq, despite or because of the conditions on the ground, claims the Troops will be reduced, then the reduction in forces never occurs and the number of American servicemen in Iraq remain the same as it was during the initial invasion.
For instance, Dick Cheney, wearing a 10 gallon hat, most likely carrying his spare blood supply for his artificially propelled heart, recently told the graduating class of Coasties, "The war on terror is a lengthy enterprise, but it does not have to go on forever." Sounds like victory is at hand and an end to the toil placed on the US military is close.
General Petraeus and Lt. General Odierno are defending the pause in Troop Reduction and asking for another 4 months to decide if further reductions are possible. Odierno will be taking over as the Top General in Iraq when Petraeus is nominated to Centcom Commander. Odierno for those who don't recall stated this in 2006: ""This generation of service members will be in what we're calling the Long War," the general said. "Our estimate is that for at least the next 20 years, part of our focus will be on how do we deal with the extremist networks that will continue to threaten the United States and its allies."
And the basic refrain from Paetraeus and Odierno hasn't changed since the Surge began. Last year in May, Odierno stated, "Right now, if you ask me, I would tell you I'll probably need a little bit more time to do a true assessment."
However, we have SecDef Gates dusting off the Vietnam-Era 'light at the end of the tunnel' rhetoric; Gates claims Iraq 'endgame' in sight, but warns against hasty pullout. Of course, he hedges his bets warning against a pull-out. This is calculated to lay the groundwork for the Bush Regime to blame the Next President for losing Iraq.
After he flees to Paraguay, Bush will begin his next spoof, convincing the American populace that as he was leaving office Victory in Iraq was right there! Just one more jot or tittle and the US would have experienced the orgasmic release Bush felt every time he dealt out justice to the evil-doers!
The terrorist appeasing Defeatocrats took over the White House and Congress and surrendered all of Bush's hard fought gains. Of course, most of the heavy work will be done by Faux News, Dick Cheney and Bush's handlers via, Print, Internet, TV, and Radio hammering the Next President Bungled Iraq interpretation into the collective unconscious of the American People.
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