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The Surge Dirge: The Final Chapter

Lost in the din of righteous rightie indignation in their attempts to scuttle the good ship SCHIP was news that another cruise liner these ship of fools frequent had hit the proverbial iceberg.

For months we have been told that the reason for the surge was to create enough stability to allow the various Iraqi factions in the government time to reconcile. The euphemistic "breathing room" was batted about quite at bit.

Well looks like you might not want to hold your breath. Because the Iraqis certainly aren't.
For much of this year, the U.S. military strategy in Iraq has sought to reduce violence so that politicians could bring about national reconciliation, but several top Iraqi leaders say they have lost faith in that broad goal.

Iraqi leaders argue that sectarian animosity is entrenched in the structure of their government. Instead of reconciliation, they now stress alternative and perhaps more attainable goals: streamlining the government bureaucracy, placing experienced technocrats in positions of authority and improving the dismal record of providing basic services.

"I don't think there is something called reconciliation, and there will be no reconciliation as such," said Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih, a Kurd. "To me, it is a very inaccurate term. This is a struggle about power."

This was soon followed by word that the British are halving their presence and that the Iraqis are requesting that Blackwater be given their walking papers. All this puts the Bushies in a precarious position of having to continue to justify a strategy that has been a complete failure (not that that has ever stopped them before). And while it may sound good to those wishing to force a change in Iraq policy, the drawbacks are that this could also forces the Bushies to further ratchet up their scapegoating of Iran and drive us further toward confrontation.

If that happens, you can sure the surge won't be the only thing that is pushing up daisies.

More from Meme. See also PM Carpenter, Cernig and Steve Soto.

(Filed at State of the Day and All Spin Zone)

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