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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Iraq surreality check

Think Progress has a list of what sort of things are happening in Iraq on a daily basis. Some of the low points:

Attacks on American forces are increasing-- and at an all-time high of about 100 per day.
Water/power levels are still below pre-war levels.
There are more US troops in Iraq now than in May, 2003, when Bush announced "Mission Accomplished."

A military historian on the US Army's required reading list for officers has said the invasion of Iraq is "the most foolish war since Emperor Augustes in 9 BC sent his legions into Germany and lost them." Civil war? "Inevitable," says Martin van Creveld.

But never fear! White House Spokesmonkey Scott McClellan has revealed that--thirty months after 'Mission Accomplished'-- Bush intends to reveal his victory strategy! Masterful timing, as always.

MR. McCLELLAN: Iraq, yes. In terms of tomorrow, it's an important speech. It's the first in a series of speeches that the President will be making between now and the December 15th elections about our plan for victory in Iraq. We are pursuing a comprehensive strategy to defeat the terrorists and those trying to prevent democracy from advancing in Iraq. And the President believes that the American people should have a clear understanding of our strategy. And that means how we see the enemy and how we define and achieve victory. So as part of the speech tomorrow, we are going to be releasing a document called the "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq." It's an unclassified version of the plan that we've been pursuing in Iraq, and it will be made available to the American people. I think we'll also be posting it on our website, as well.

There you have it. It all depends on what the definition of 'victory' is.