Creating His Own Reality

Via Gawker, Bush’s neo-con shithead mouthpiece can’t even remember the year his maladministration launched its ill-begotten, ruinous, bloody quagmire:

fucking-fuck

Fuck you, you fucking fuck. And so help me dog, if anyone ever speaks favorably of a military “surge” in my presence, I will neck-punch the motherfucker.

In fact, it’s a good thing Coca-Cola discontinued that vile “Surge” soda product it used to sell because the sight of that word on a can at the supermarket might incite me to go on a can-smashing rampage.

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  1. 1
    c u n d gulag says:

    “Regardless of what anyone thinks of going into Iraq in 2002, it’s a tragedy that the successes of the 2007 surge have been lost & abandoned.”

    Regardless?
    REGARDLESS!!!!!!!!!

    Sh*t, you MFer, I’m NO expert on the Middle East, and I KNEW ENOUGH BACK THEN TO KNOW GOING INTO IRAQ WAS A REALLY BAD F*CKIN’ IDEA!

    And so did millions of other people – in the USA, and the world.

    But you psychopathic douche-canoe @$$holes wanted your bloody NeoCLOWN Middle East wet-dream of a war!
    I wish there really was a Hell, so I could comfort myself that somewhere, sometime, somehow, you miserable, arrogant, and greedy MFers, would get eternal punishment!

    But sadly, there is no Hell – unless you count our world as one, as I do.

    Your miserable corpses will remain whole.
    Not even f*cking worms and insects would want to touch your corrupted corpses.

  2. 2
    D58826 says:

    I think it’s time for everyone to agree to two basic ground rules when discussing Iraq:

    1. The US does not own Iraq
    2. For anyone with a plan on what to do in Iraq reread rule number 1

  3. 3
    FlipYrWhig says:

    Permanent surge, then? Is he one of these people who wonders why basketball teams don’t play full-court press _all_ the time?

  4. 4
    dmsilev says:

    “Regardless”, huh? Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, did you enjoy the play?

  5. 5
    BGinCHI says:

    Did Fleischer stop watching Game of Thrones after Joffrey Baratheon was poisoned because he’d lost his favorite character?

  6. 6
    inkadu says:

    David Brooks was just on the NPR saying, “There’s plenty of blame to go around. Iraq was making measuring political and military progress and that all started to go downhill in 2011 when Obama pulled out. So, there’s plenty of blame to go around among Bush, Obama and Maliki.”

    Good news is that despite the talking head goobery, the public knows it doesn’t want to go back. Even fucking conservatives don’t want to go back. I’ve heard a few interviews where they bitch about the dangers and gripe about obama pulling out and then say they wouldn’t support anything more than air strikes.

  7. 7
    inkadu says:

    @FlipYrWhig: And if black boxes survive plane crashes, why don’t they just make the whole plane out of the same stuff?

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    Chris T. says:

    I think the people who pushed for and hence are responsible for that mess (Wolfowitz etc) should be air-dropped into it now. Anyone who wants to go back into it now can be included as well…

  9. 9
    Amir Khalid says:

    Coke had a drink called Surge? Never made it out here, as far as I can recall. Was it any good?

  10. 10
    BGinCHI says:

    Fuck David Fucking Asshole Brooks.

    You know where the blame needs to go? The fucking op-ed page, you brainless twat.

  11. 11
    Corner Stone says:

    The SURGE worked. This can not be denied.

  12. 12
    D58826 says:

    Obama didn’t ‘pull out’. The Iraqi’s politely showed us the door and suggested it not hit us on the way out

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    Patrick says:

    Good grief?!!? How the hell can anyone insinuate that the 2007 surge was successful when it requires permanent occupation of Iraq?

  15. 15
    Chickamin Slam says:

    I hated Ari Fleischer then and I still hate him years after he left Bush and Co to go head up a think tank and wank off in private. War is one of the few things these people get off on. That and taking away the public safety nets. Fuck them.

    gulag cund says he knew the Iraq war was a bad idea. I did too. Of course I was scoffed at for not being patriotic as they sent soldiers overseas to fight the good war only to come back shell shocked or worse, in a body bag. “The price of freedom.” Or some bullshit phrase the neo-cons would pull out of their ass to justify their endless war.

    The real tragedy is that Ari and so many of his ilk still walk among us and share their pearls of wisdom on Sunday talk shows.

  16. 16
    Suffern ACE says:

    @inkadu: if Obama wasn’t so aloof, Malakwi would have begged for a status of forces agreement and out of love, Obama would have agreed, and both would be popular with their countrymen.

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    David Koch says:

    Maddow did an incredible job last night smacking down all the neo-cons

    http://on.msnbc.com/1nzGPsn

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    White Trash Liberal says:

    Regardless… As if it’s even remotely fucking possible to separate this outcome from the fact that we illegally invaded and occupied a sovereign nation based on lies… With an ever mounting body count and list of global consequences not the least of which was the collapse of prestige the United States built on the ash of WWII…

    Why do these fuckers keep talking? Why? Just so they can rekindle those nightmares that years of therapy have kept at bay? So they can send more of my brothers and sisters out there to kill and be killed and return husks to only be denied treatment by the underfunded system they ignore until it’s politically advantageous?

    I want to wake up in a world where these assholes are considered evil and called evil and live with the screams of all the families they have destroyed echoing in their ears even after they die…

    I hate them. I hate them

  20. 20
    japa21 says:

    Still don’t understand the blame Obama rhetoric. I mean, I understand the why of the blame Obama rhetoric, but not the logic.

    Obama was dealing with an agreement reached by the Bush administration to pull all troops out. Maliki was quite clear that, unless US troops were subject to Iraq law, he wanted them all gone. Plus, it appears Iran was putting a lot of pressure on him to get rid of all the US troops.

    I think Obama would probably have been okay with a 10,000 residual force, but only under certain terms, which he wasn’t getting (and probably was glad Maliki wouldn’t agree).

    So, keeping forces there would have required us to ignore the sovereignty of Iraq, basically going to war with the existing Iraqi government.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @c u n d gulag: “Regardless” in this situation is “with notably rare exceptions”-level glib.

    @dmsilev: beat me to it

  22. 22

    Has anyone interviewed Petraues yet? That particular David Brooks piece was really rage inducing.

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    Patrick says:

    @inkadu:

    David Brooks was just on the NPR saying, “There’s plenty of blame to go around. Iraq was making measuring political and military progress and that all started to go downhill in 2011 when Obama pulled out. So, there’s plenty of blame to go around among Bush, Obama and Maliki.”

    That is outright fricking BS!! With Obama in charge in 2003, we wouldn’t even have entered this disastrous and costly war. Bush/Cheney/the media and the 66% of all Americans who supported the disaster share the blame. And hell, should shoulder the entire the cost instead of selfishly asking the rest of us pay for THEIR mistake.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Something I haven’t put together yet. If Saddam secretly shipped all his WMD to Syria ahead of our GWB invasion, then why hasn’t Assad sent them back to Iraq for use against ISIS?

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    srv says:

    How can Obama win in Iraq if he’s surrendering our own borders? Well, he’ll learn.

    We need to get the band back together. Fleischer, Bush, Cheney, Patraeus… they just need a good tune.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Amir Khalid: I thought it was terrible. It was basically water, high fructose corn syrup and citric acid. Bleh! Y’all didn’t miss a thing.

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    Belafon says:

    I see lots of comparisons to Vietnam. Wouldn’t the fact that Obama got everyone out before these events mean that we explicitly avoided a Vietnam style collapse?

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    aimai says:

    @japa21: Because yielding to reality is the same as capitulating to the terrorists, obviously. Like when you crash into a wall and need medical treatment? That is also capitulating to terrorism.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Amir Khalid: No.

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    Chris T. says:

    @SatanicPanic: With notably rare exceptions, no one ever dies on any day during their life. Why, my grandfather lived for every single one of his 25,000+ plus days, except for that one!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @White Trash Liberal: Word.

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    Baud says:

    I don’t understand why Ari is so negative about the situation in Iraq. Regardless of what happens now, our invasion:

    1) ended Iran’s WMD program and
    2) punished Saddam for his role in 9-11.

    I mean, that’s why we went in, right?

  33. 33
    Patrick says:

    @japa21:

    So, keeping forces there would have required us to ignore the sovereignty of Iraq, basically going to war with the existing Iraqi government.

    You don’t really think the neons/media and most war supporters really cared one bit about the sovereignty of Iraq, do you? The “liberate Iraq” BS always assumed that their puppet would do whatever Bush told him to do.

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    jl says:

    People have been down on Ari for apparently getting the year wrong.

    But he is a PR hack, and the marketing campaign was rolled out in 2002. In the Fall, when big firms who know what they are doing roll out marketing campaigns.

    So, if you people do not understand the simplest things about ginning up a war of choice, I don’t see how you have the right to say anything about it at all. Just like gun control.

    /snark tag, in case that is needed here.

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    japa21 says:

    @Corner Stone: I deny it.

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    Trollhattan says:

    Lord. So, if we’d stayed and surged the son of the uncle of the granddaughter of the second-cousin of the surge, instead of leaving as we actually did, then today we’d have a completely happy, rebuilt Iraq at the cost of zero dollars and zero combat deaths and injuries.

    Got it.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @japa21: You can’t. It’s undeniable.
    Don’t make me call El Cid to stop by and forcefully explain to you exactly how undeniable it is.

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    japa21 says:

    @Patrick: Of course “they” didn’t. But they made such a big deal about it that the American people cared about it. And I can guarrantee you that if Obama had said we were staying or whatever, all of a sudden “they” would have cared about it.

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    Trollhattan says:

    @Baud:
    Let’s not forget #3: cementing Iran’s status as the premiere regional power.

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    Sloegin says:

    Oh noes, our magic surge* fixed everything in Iraq until Obummer wrecked it.

    *Never mind all that *2003* to 2007 stuff.
    *Except we couldn’t never ever leave ever. Not much of a fix if you can’t walk away from it.

    Are we blaming Gerald Ford now for the loss of Vietnam?

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    SatanicPanic says:

    “Regardless of what anyone thinks of putting shit in a sandwich, it’s a tragedy that the success of my grilling and preparation have been lost and abandoned”

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    japa21 says:

    @Corner Stone: Okay, I’ll undeny it, just to avoid El Cid if nothing else.

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    inkadu says:

    @Suffern ACE: I hear Michelle Obama told Mrs. Maliki to use less oil in her falafel and that began rift in the US-Iraq relationship that never healed.

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    David Koch says:

    This tweet is actually very revealing.

    They must really being feeling the heat to tacitly concede going to war in the first place was fucked. I can’t recall that happening before.

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    Violet says:

    @Sloegin:

    Are we blaming Gerald Ford now for the loss of Vietnam?

    Of course not. Ford was a Republican. Only Democrats can be blamed for losing wars.

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    SRW1 says:

    Ari Fleischer: We waz stabbed in the back by the November 6 traitor.

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    kindness says:

    It’s a dream world for all bush43’s cronies.

    It’s as if they think they can wipe their Wikipedia page and it will stay that way. This will work on Fox but no place in the ‘real’ world.

  48. 48
    Patrick says:

    @Trollhattan:

    The idea of this war was beyond stupid, which is why I guess it is not surprising that most Americans fell for it.

    Hell, it wasn’t that difficult to figure out that if you destabilize Iraq, then Iran would become much powerful.

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    I actually missed watching the Mission Accomplished romp live, because I was in the lab. Only me a a South African guy in the lab hadn’t brought into the BS BushCo were peddling. It almost seemed like the entire country was engulfed by a feverish dream.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @inkadu: Tee hee.

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    Trollhattan says:

    @Violet:
    Well, Democrats and Walter Cronkite (oops, I forgot the “liberal media” thing).

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    gogol's wife says:

    @SatanicPanic:

    Perfect! Nothing more needs to be said on this topic.

  53. 53
    PurpleGirl says:

    @c u n d gulag:

    Why don’t you tell us how you REALLY feel?

    Excellent rant, as usual.

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    Tommy says:

    @Patrick: Said perfectly. I have said here and will continue to say I have not served myself. But the military is pretty much my family business. If you get my uncles and cousins behind closed doors, cause they would not say this in public, they are just fucking tried. I recall my cousin deployed for the fourth time about a year ago. He looked me in the eye and said he didn’t want to go. I’d never thought he’d say that. But he did.

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    What I would like to know is how many of these neo-cons or their progeny actually served in Iraq?

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    srv says:

    @Belafon: Wait for the videos of helicopters over the Green Zone.

    It’s coming.

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    D58826 says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: A paper in Europe has photo shopped the mission accomplished photo by taking Bush out and putting the leader of ISIS in. One image says it all

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    Iowa Old Lady says:

    I live in a pretty conservative area and no one, NO ONE, thinks Iraq was a good idea. They wish it had been and enjoy saying it’s all Obama’s fault, but they sure wouldn’t spend more money or American lives there.

    Also, John McCain always says the same thing. That doesn’t suggest much analysis of a particular situation. Why does anyone treat him seriously?

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    David Koch says:

    You know how a Jet Fighter desperately tries to elude a heat seeking missile by dropping decoys, hoping the missile’s guidance system will switch it’s focus onto one of the dummies. That’s what the word “surge” is. The missile is coming straight for the bushies and in a last ditch effort they drop the word “surge” hoping to divert the incoming rounds.

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    SRW1 says:

    @Corner Stone:

    If Saddam secretly shipped all his WMD to Syria ahead of our GWB invasion, then why hasn’t Assad sent them back to Iraq for use against ISIS?

    Because Assad conspired with the Kenyan to have the evidence distroyed as ‘Syrian’ WMD. You didn’t think that red line stuff was serious, did you?

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    D58826 says:

    In searching for one more way to blame Obama, Pravda, I mean Faux news, claimed the Malik was put in power by Obama.

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    Cacti says:

    The surge was a failure.

    Say it loud and say it proud. The surge failed utterly. History will regard everything the Bush administration did in Iraq as a failure.

    His place in the James Buchanan wing of the US Presidential pantheon is secured for all time.

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    Belafon says:

    @D58826: Maybe Cheney conspired with ISIS members to weaken Iraq so that it could be united with Syria.

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    Tommy says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: They have not. And they don’t understand the toll. My cousin got divorced cause of “war.” What appeared to be a happy marriage, well when you are away for months at a time, shit happens. Just another cost that the “pro war” folks don’t consider. And of course they don’t have to consider it cause they don’t serve.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @D58826: err, he’s been in office since 2006. How is FOX claiming that happened?

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    Botsplainer says:

    Fuck you, you fucking fuck.

    So, Betty, honey, we really have to discuss the level of repression of your thoughts and feelings that you engage in. You have to open up and let people know what you really feel sometimes.

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    inkadu says:

    @Belafon: As my girl, Rachel, pointed out last night, the US had officially left Vietnam in 1973 before the fall of Saigon in 1975. The people hopping onto the helicopters were embassy staff, friendly Vietnamese, and a very small military force.

    If ISIS marched into Baghdad today, we’d probably be seeing the same images of panicked evacuation.

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    Belafon says:

    @D58826: Of course he was. The skin color of the Iraqi people is way too dark for them to have held a proper vote.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: NewsPeople take John McCain seriously because (1) he told them dirty jokes on the campaign bus in 1999, thereby becoming famous for “straight talk”; (2) did you know he was a POW?

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    D58826 says:

    @SatanicPanic: In foxostan facts are irrelevant.

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    Cacti says:

    @Belafon:

    I see lots of comparisons to Vietnam. Wouldn’t the fact that Obama got everyone out before these events mean that we explicitly avoided a Vietnam style collapse?

    I think the most apt comparison is that the Iraqi Army is turning out to be this generation’s ARVN. No matter how much money, equipment, and training you throw at them, you can’t make someone willing to die for a puppet government.

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    efgoldman99 says:

    @Corner Stone:

    The SURGE worked. This can not be denied.

    You still drunk from last night?

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    feebog says:

    Gee Ari, if by success you mean more troops dying, then I guess the 2007 surge was a success. We lost 814 men and women in 2006. In 2007 we lost 833. And Corner Stone, you can go blow yourself. The “surge” was nothing more than a massive bribe to the Sunnis. You know, the same guys who are “surging” right now.

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    Belafon says:

    @inkadu: Thanks for the dates.

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    Tommy says:

    @Cacti: I watched Democracy Now today. Had video of the Iraqi troops leaving their uniforms in the street. Not only didn’t they fight, they took off their uniforms and left them in the street. This may sound rough but if you won’t fight for your nation don’t ask me to.

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    @FlipYrWhig: Newspeople take McCain seriously because he is as unserious as they are. Plus don’t you know that he was POW.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Poor John McCain was putting the finishing touches on his brilliant plan to invade the Crimean peninsula to drive out the Russians, but now he has to table that in order to craft an even more brilliant plan to re-invade Iraq and seize Baghdad from ISIS. It’s tough being a military genius.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @feebog:

    And Corner Stone, you can go blow yourself. The “surge” was nothing more than a massive bribe to the Sunnis

    Your contention is that Gen Petraeus and the SURGE did not effectively tamp down sectarian strife? That the SURGE was a limited, yet highly successful tactic as part of the larger overall strategy to give the US time to train up the Iraqi Army?
    Because if it is, then you just sound silly. The SURGE worked.

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    Cacti says:

    @Tommy:

    I watched Democracy Now today. Had video of the Iraqi troops leaving their uniforms in the street. Not only didn’t they fight, they took off their uniforms and left them in the street. This may sound rough but if you won’t fight for your nation don’t ask me to.

    More or less.

    The neocons are demanding that the US armed forces act as a praetorian guard for a regime that no Iraqi seems too keen on defending.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Well I think we can all agree that the Iraqis are very ungrateful.

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    Patrick says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I can only assume you are joking. I guess you have different criteria for success than I do.

    BTW – It is funny; people are upset that Obama negotiated with the Taliban, but have no qualms whatsoever that Bush negotiated with the Sunnis.

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    D58826 says:

    IIRC the surge was intended to open a political space for the reintegration of the Sunni’s into the Iraqi government. That of course required compromise on the part of the Shia, which never happened. The right argued that the surge was a success because the level of violence dropped off after the additional American troops arrived. While there might be a small grain of truth to that, there were other more important factors that lead to the decline. Such as the ethnic cleansing of Bagdad left few if any Sunni’s for the Shia death squads to kill. A rather sad marker for ‘success’.

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    @Suffern ACE: That’s because they don’t value FreeDumb!

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    Tommy says:

    @Cacti: @Suffern ACE: Or maybe the government the people want is not what we want. Funny thing there.

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    Grung_e_Gene says:

    “So?” Dick Cheney

    Better watch out because the Conservative Media is eager to have Iraq become Obama’s fault just as they’ve turned every George W(orst President Ever) Bush’s fuck-ups into That One’s fault.

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    Cacti says:

    @D58826:

    The surge was tactical success, not a strategic one. Tactics win battles, strategy wins wars.

    The surge was a “success” in much the same sense that Robert E. Lee was a “successful” general. He had some rousing victories in individual engagements…in a war that ended with his total surrender.

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    Trollhattan says:

    @inkadu:
    Brings up a question I’ve had for awhile: how many contractors–mercinary types and others–are we continuing to bankroll there? I presume there are thousands at the cost of billions, but don’t actually know.

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    LookingForACanadian says:

    Completely off topic, but are any Juicers in the Dublin area? I’m here on the last leg of an adventure..

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    scav says:

    Let us not forget that other John McCain and Mike Pence moment of delayed glory: we probably now should wear flak jackets in Indiana Farmers’ markets just as they did in the Baghdad souk. MIssion Accomplished!

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    🌷 Martin says:

    Fair to say that the Iraqi army greeted ISIS as liberators?

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    skyweaver says:

    Stop being an echo chamber for these fuckers. That’s on you, not on them.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Patrick: Don’t you fucking joke about the SURGE.

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    Kay says:

    This is my favorite piece about him. It reads like it could be in The Onion.

    A senior Republican congressional aide pointed to one of Fleischer’s higher-ups as the reason so many reporters found Fleischer wanting. “All [Bush senior aide Karl] Rove wants is just a P.A. system,” the aide said. “It’s not really a job with a lot of art to it in this administration. Ari is just a guy who goes out there and reads some version of congressional campaign committee talking points. It’s something that anybody with a larynx could probably do.”
    But while Fleischer served his patrons with loyalty and single-mindedness, he frustrated reporters by going far beyond spinning — telling untruths and taking great effort to intimidate, several White House reporters said. “No one’s shedding any tears,” said another White House reporter. “His personal style — the smarminess and unctuousness — was annoying to people. But his deceptions and the telling of falsehoods is what really turned people against him.”

    “The most recent and egregious example is how he assured us the aircraft carrier would be hundreds of miles offshore, beyond helicopter range, necessitating Bush’s arrival in the flight suit on that plane,” the reporter said. The aircraft carrier was actually 40 miles from shore — well within helicopter range.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Suffern ACE: Not even a simple “thank you” to GWB. That’s all he wanted.
    Disgraceful, if you ask me.

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    D58826 says:

    @Cacti: And even in that context The Son’s of Iraq movement has started 6 months before Bush announced the surge. But the GOP has to give that pig a face lift and that is all they have.:

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    Eric U. says:

    I doubt I was alone amongst the American public in ignoring the Iraq situation. There may have to be some beat-downs of republicans blaming democrats for this disaster.

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    Mike in NC says:

    The “Surge” was mainly throwing massive wads of cash at Iraqi tribal leaders until they agreed their guys would stop shooting at our guys.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Eric U.:

    I doubt I was alone amongst the American public in ignoring the Iraq situation.

    I can only assume you mean the ongoing medium speed trainwreck that’s currently unfolding?

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    Violet says:

    @Trollhattan: No one knows how many contractors we’re bankrolling or have bankrolled. It’s part of the lack of accountability strategy of Bush & Co. Rather than send troops that have to be paid and (supposedly) taken care of when they return, send contractors. No one knows how many are there and how much they cost. Win!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Trollhattan:

    Brings up a question I’ve had for awhile: how many contractors–mercinary types and others–are we continuing to bankroll there?

    I skimmed through a few reports over the last couple days and it seems that if my finger counting is close, we have about 2500 US people in Iraq between contractors, diplos and 250 +/- troops.
    Or, I should say “we did”. They’ve been flying out a big chunk of that number.

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    SpotWeld says:

    Can anyone show me on the linked chart where that “sucess” is occuring?

    http://usiraq.procon.org/view......1#avgdaily

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    Ruckus says:

    @japa21:
    I see your problem.
    Logic.
    Making the assumption that conservatives have use of any logical arguments. Nothing they argue for has any basis that could be logically construed. It’s more like someone with raging rabies. They are afflicted with the lack of logic. Among many other other negative things.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @skyweaver: Oh bullshit. Wrapping a stupid fuck’s stupid fucking statement in derision and obscenity and holding it up for ridicule is not creating a echo chamber; it’s engaging in criticism of a stupid fucking statement. An echo chamber is an uncritical amplification of a stupid fucking statement. That’s the Washington Post’s job, not mine.

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    Arclite says:

    Whoa, Betty. Have you been at the Gaffer’s home brew again?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @SpotWeld: Not a problem. The SURGE worked in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south, and north somewhat.

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    Trollhattan says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Thanks and yeah, I’d guess it’s bug-out time for all but a scant few.

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    raven says:

    @Trollhattan: unass that motherfucker

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @SpotWeld:

    Can anyone show me on the linked chart where that “sucess” is occuring?

    It’s not on that chart. It’s in Dick Cheney’s pants.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Arclite: Not yet, but it’s just about time to go there. I should disable blog access (for myself) until tomorrow. Ta, comrades!

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    Violet says:

    @SpotWeld: The problem is your chart. It doesn’t include John McCain’s tire swing, nor various Republican phalli typically attended to by the US media. That’s where you’ll find success occurring.

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    raven says:

    Tet was an overwhelming American Victory.

    Pogue Colonel: Whose side are you on, son?
    Private Joker: Our side, sir.
    Pogue Colonel: Don’t you love your country?
    Private Joker: Yes, sir.
    Pogue Colonel: Then how about getting with the program? Why don’t you jump on the team and come on in for the big win?
    Private Joker: Yes, sir.
    Pogue Colonel: Son, all I’ve ever asked of my marines is that they obey my orders as they would the word of God. We are here to help the Vietnamese, because inside every gook there is an American trying to get out. It’s a hardball world, son. We’ve gotta keep our heads until this peace craze blows over.
    Private Joker: Aye-aye, sir.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @Corner Stone: Thats about what was reported by Richard Engel the other day. Most being embassy security (which he suggested was so fucking big that it was almost impossible to defend even with those numbers).

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    Sourmash says:

    @Corner Stone: kidding, right? The surge was merely a beneficiary of fortuitous timing, the ethnic cleansing was more or less complete by the time our guys showed up in force. Look it up.

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    agorabum says:

    @Corner Stone: Per Petreaus, the Surge was designed to give stability and breathing space in order to allow the various Iraqi factions to reconcile and form a unified state.
    They did not. The tactics of the surge succeeded, but the strategy failed. And in the end, all that effort was a failure – but it had the secondary effect of a decrease in violence in Sunni areas (where we, the US, went from fighting Sunni tribes to bribing them, and putting people who had been paid by Al-Queda and rebel groups to kill Americans on our own payroll instead).
    So we paid American killers (that is the lost, lamented strategy that Republicans so pine for) to keep things quiet in our own sector. But the goal, the political reconciliation and incorporation of the Sunnis into the Iraqi state, failed (because of other Iraqis and Iranians).
    Bribing those same tribes in 2003/2004 would have been far better than bribing them in 2007…
    Since the only success of the surge was bribed Sunnis who would not attack Americans, it is far easier to replicate that success by leaving – despite all the chaos in Iraq at the moment, there are zero attacks on US troops there. So we’re still accomplishing the one success of the surge…

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    liberal says:

    @raven:
    My impression is that it was nominally a military victory for the US. It was a political defeat, though, because it so contradicted the view of the war that the US government had been putting out. (It might have also smashed whatever “infrastructure” the US/SVN had with strategic hamlets etc, but I’m not sure about that.)

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Fleisher needs to be shipped to Den Haag and tried as a war criminal accessory.

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    srv says:

    @🌷 Martin: Looks like a big party to me:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXIqzL7Kqoo

    They even made a parade for them:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx62wyur6uo

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    ellie says:

    I am not feeling charitable today. I hate all of these Bush motherfuckers with the red hot intensity of a thousand suns. They need to shut the fuck up already. I think they have done enough damage to last several lifetimes.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Sourmash: I, for one, do not fucking kid about the SURGE.
    Fortuitous timing? Give me a fucking break. Gen Petraeus grabbed those small time local fuckers by the throat, and shoved his SURGE right into their sweet spot.
    Stop trying to deny what can simply not be denied. The SURGE worked.

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    reality-based says:

    @Corner Stone:

    The “Surge” consisted of the US Military having the brains to bribe the Sunni Chieftains _ the Sons of Iraq, the awakening, etc – not to blow us up.

    Since Bust stated that the goal of his “surge” was the formation of a multi-ethnic coalition governement in IRaq, where the rights of all citizens were respcted – -WHICH NEVER HAPPENED- the “surge” accomplished absolutely nothing. .

    well. it lowered the body count for a while, so all you fantasists could avoid looking at the reality of what you did in Iraq. It did that. But it did absolutely nothing to create a stable Iraq.

    This Civil war was inevitable from the start of Dick and Georges Excellent Adventure. They own this part, too. And so do you, for being so divorced from reality.

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    Kay says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    He was there right from the start:

    At the beginning of the Florida recount mess Fleischer disputed the notion that any voters were confused by the butterfly ballot, asserting that “Palm Beach County is a Pat Buchanan stronghold,” a claim disputed by Buchanan, his Florida coordinator Jim McConnell, and Jim Cunningham, chairman of the executive committee of Palm Beach County’s Reform Party.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @agorabum:

    Since the only success of the surge was bribed Sunnis who would not attack Americans

    Jesus and the baby Allah. Why do you sorry fuckers give such short shrift to Muqtada al-Sadr?
    Not only did the SURGE pacify a restive Sunni population, it also demonstrated to a certain Mahdi Army of Shia that our victory would not be denied.

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    @Corner Stone: AFAIK Allah was never a baby.

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    JR in WV says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Betty, I really admire anyone who can make a perfectly valid paragraph out of the language’s single most versatile word!

    It’s a noun, it’s a verb, it’s an adverb: “Fuck you, you fuckin fuck!” And so accurate, too!!!

    Thanks for Shari🚾🗻🗾🗽🗾🏧 whoa, where did that come from…

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    Corner Stone says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    AFAIK Allah was never a baby.

    That’s what they want you to think. You know. They. Them.

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    reality-based says:

    @SatanicPanic:

    you win the internets for the day, my friend

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    @Corner Stone: You means the ones over there or over here?

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    The Watcher says:

    No, Ari is right. The WAR started in 2002. The invasion happened in 2003. I noted the war declaration in 2002:

    http://www.democraticundergrou....._iraq.html

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    Birthmarker says:

    @Mike in NC: IIRC there was one particular Cleric that we “convinced” to stand his people down. It’s actually too painful to google.

    @Corner Stone: We built multiple bases in Iraq and a huge embassy. I’ve often wondered if the Embassy was currently occupied by us. I guess it is. The bases I guess are collateral damage to the US taxpayer.

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    liberal says:

    @JR in WV:
    You like that? Check this out, beyotch.

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    reality-based says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Ok, Numbnuts. Here is – direct quotes – what Bush said the “surge” was designed to accomplish.

    The President described the overall objective as establishing a “…unified, democratic federal Iraq that can govern itself, defend itself, and sustain itself, and is an ally in the War on Terror.”[3] The major element of the strategy was a change in focus for the US military “to help Iraqis clear and secure neighborhoods, to help them protect the local population, and to help ensure that the Iraqi forces left behind are capable of providing the security”.[2] The President stated that the surge would then provide the time and conditions conducive to reconciliation among political and ethnic factions.[3]

    Care to tell me how much of that pleasant little fantasy actually happened.

    Really- those divorced from realit tend not do do well here at BJ –

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @liberal: yeah. It makes me wonder if this army was too expensive for the Iraqis to maintain. It’s also possible that Maliki didn’t trust an army, in the way that most budding despots don’t trust things that they don’t control. The army is behaving like one where the troops haven’t been paid.

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    liberal says:

    @The Watcher:
    Well…the AUMF wasn’t a proper declaration of war. In Wall Street speak, it was an option that Bush could exercise.

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    muddy says:

    @Kay:

    “No one’s shedding any tears,” said another White House reporter. “His personal style — the smarminess and unctuousness — was annoying to people. But his deceptions and the telling of falsehoods is what really turned people against him.”

    One of my doctors went to undergrad with Ari and he said he was exactly the same back then, only with hair. He said it was really horrifying in a young person.

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    SpotWeld says:

    @Corner Stone: Let’s build an analogy. Let’s say you’re playing with lit firecrackers, and you dropped one into a open septic tank. Well, that bungle has caused a huge wave of sewage to start flooding out. You get your family and friends out to start shovling your muck. It’s a losing situation since you’ve apparently knocked out an especially big turd that was keeping the rest of the crap in check.

    So, as everyone you know and care about are getting the worst of it you suggest a clever idea. Just drop a well timed fistful of firecrackers into the midst of it. That blast will hold back the tide and you can put a lid on things once and for all.

    You dropped your charge, it goes off and the turds stoped flowing for a short instant. Well done the plan worked!

    But, darn it, you never checked to see if you had a lid ready to put into place. So as soon as you’ve exhausted your resources the now steaming hot filth is flowing once again. But your plan did work, you keep telling everyone around you.

    So, now, as the clean up crew is backing off hoping to get the dregs of the mess off themsevles (and this stink sticks) there’s a big bubble and *blorp* the crap just slpashes all over again and equilibrium in the tank is working itself out.

    So.. that big churn at the end there… it’s the fault of the people on the way out for just not being good enough to stem the tide..? or maybe it’s the fault the person who dropped that first firecracker.. maybe it’s the guy who never pulled together a lid?

    Dunno. Maybe you should just stop screaming *SURGE*. I’m just going to be over here keeping the matches out of your reach.

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    Long Tooth says:

    Thad Cochran “joked” about his youthful flirtation with bestiality earlier this afternoon. I’m serious.

    Staff Aide: “Jeezuz, you can’t publicly call your opponent a pig fucker”.

    Lyndon Johnson: “No, and I don’t have to. I just have to make him deny it”. That’s a paraphrase.

    Cochran yesterday or today also claimed ignorance of Cantor’s upset on Tuesday. He claimed he wasn’t kidding.

    He’s either suffering a dementia and is seriously ill, or he’s been paid to take a dive.

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    Jasmine Bleach says:

    @Corner Stone:

    It depends how you define “the Surge”. Sure, we increased levels of troops. But at the same time, the US government was effectively paying the militants not to fight anymore, so they backed off.

    But regardless whether or not “the Surge” worked, the entire thing failed miserably. Thousands of our people dead for no reason. Tens of thousands of our people injured for no reason. Millions of Iraqis either killed, wounded, or displaced for no reason. Trillions of US dollars wasted for no reason (while our country fell into the Great Recession).

    So, how did it “work” again? It didn’t change any of the above, which is a colossal failure.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @SpotWeld: @Jasmine Bleach: It’s Corner Stone; you are being trolled.

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    Ruckus says:

    @D58826:

    Such as the ethnic cleansing of Bagdad left few if any Sunni’s for the Shia death squads to kill. A rather sad marker for ‘success’.

    What would ever make you think that conservatives wouldn’t think that an ethnic cleansing is a good thing? Getting rid of any group they don’t like would never be considered bad. Why should they consider someone doing exactly what they’d do if they had the chance, to be wrong?

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    The Pale Scot says:

    @Corner Stone:

    The SURGE worked. This can not be denied.

    Bullshit, What worked was shipping in more pallets of billions of dollars to replace the 8 billion they lost, just lost, as in “where the fuck did it go? And bribing the the various Sunni militias and mullahs with it to act all peaceful like so the conditions in Iraq wouldn’t fuck up the GOP’s 2008 election prospects.

    As for the surge of troops, 20,000 troops spread over the contested area comes out to one squad (8 effectives) per sq. mile on a 24 hour basis. Because they’re not shock troops, they are acting as garrison troops. Except that 20,000 includes their logistical tail, motor repair, armorers etc. So make that 6 effectives psm. How many traffic intersections are there in a sq. mi in Bagdad? If you’re going to control an urban area, you need to watch and supervise traffic intersections. So your magnificent surge amounts to 2 effectives on some of the street corners in Bagdad, which if all they need to is call in artillery on the intersections might work, but that isn’t what COIN is about.

    Bloody idiot, go back to the Xbox chicken hawk.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @The Pale Scot: Your sad math is just that – sad.
    I don’t have to do anything but point back at the results of the SURGE and they are obvious. Sectarian violence essentially vanished, schools were painted, roads were rebuilt IED free, and the political forces of a self-governing Iraq made significant headway. If Obama had had the internal fortitude of a GWB, or a sunny optimism of a Reagan, we coulkd have had a decent shot at extending the SOFA and keeping this shit bottled while we convinced them to cut out all the bullshit. Sadly, a lack of leadership was evident here.
    The simple, elegant truth that the SURGE worked can not be denied. It just can’t.

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    D58826 says:

    Ok, we will give McCain and break and agree with him that the war was won. That all of the objectives Bush listed up-thread had been accomplished. Then why would we need to keep some sizable US military presence in a country after the war is won? Esp. since the Iraqi’s really didn’t want us hanging around after the final victory had been achieved..

    note rhetorical question.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Stop trying to deny what can simply not be denied. The SURGE worked.

    Has one of our trolls nymjacked cornerstone?
    Next thing I expect is UNLIMITED CORPORATE CASH!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Jasmine Bleach:

    It depends how you define “the Surge”. Sure, we increased levels of troops.

    That is the very definition of the SURGE. And clearly, it worked.
    The increase of troop levels gave the struggling local pols a chance to take a breather and cut some deals on the rising sectarian violence.
    This isn’t hard. We got the Sunni and the Shia together into a room and got them to cut out all the bullshit.
    The SURGE worked. Undeniable.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @The Pale Scot:

    As for the surge of troops, 20,000 troops spread over the contested area comes out to one squad (8 effectives) per sq. mile on a 24 hour basis. Because they’re not shock troops, they are acting as garrison troops. Except that 20,000 includes their logistical tail, motor repair, armorers etc. So make that 6 effectives psm. How many traffic intersections are there in a sq. mi in Bagdad? If you’re going to control an urban area, you need to watch and supervise traffic intersections. So your magnificent surge amounts to 2 effectives on some of the street corners in Bagdad, which if all they need to is call in artillery on the intersections might work, but that isn’t what COIN is about.

    Aside from the fact that no one deploys troops on a per square mile basis thus rendering your math exercise a non sequitur, you are completely correct that it was the cash that caused the quiet.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @SpotWeld: You’ve got a lot of feces there, friend. And I guess that’s working for you. Somehow.
    But what worked for Iraq? The SURGE. That fucking worked. No way to deny.

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    D58826 says:

    More than 90,000 Iraqi soldiers deserted rather than confront the militants, according to the official close to Maliki’s office who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the news media.

    Can we get the money back that went into training these guys.?

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    ira-NY says:

    Cornerstone:

    The surge did not work. The proof is in today’s pudding.

    A surge by definition can only be for a limited period of time. It cannot be a permanent condition.

    The surge was given more than an adequate period of time to work. When it ended, things quickly reverted to where they were when the surge began and then quickly grew worse. As such, it failed.

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    The Pale Scot says:

    Ok Corner Stone, after reading the thread it’s obvious that you’re just bullshitting,

    But shouldn’t you be on a subreddit bragging about your BMW and all the hot young twinks you’ve fucked?

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    D58826 says:

    @Corner Stone:

    This isn’t hard. We got the Sunni and the Shia together into a room and got them to cut out all the bullshit.

    The only part of this that was a success is that they did not kill each other in that room. That came later

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    Corner Stone says:

    @The Pale Scot:

    But shouldn’t you be on a subreddit bragging about your BMW and all the hot young twinks you’ve fucked?

    I don’t know what’s worse. The fact that you were unable to get that all caps SURGE was the biggest tell since Liberace’s sparkly jackets, or the suggestion that I could not, in fact, fuck all the hot young twinks I cared to.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @D58826:

    The only part of this that was a success is that they did not kill each other in that room.

    President McCain could have got them to cut out all the bullshit. Fournier was proved fucking right!

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    White Trash Liberal says:

    http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/ca...../09-27.pdf

    Money As A Weapon System, BitcheZ!!

    Tasty tasty stuff

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    The Pale Scot says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): Oh sure, my point is there was nothing to attack, it was hold and control, that would have required, according to Gen. Shinseki 250,000 troops, still about 120,000 short to what the “surge” had.

    Nobody ever tried to deal with an urban insurgency that didn’t start with rounding up all the capable males in the population and sticking them in a concentration camp. Malaysia, Kenya etc. The USA decided they were going to pacify an urban population by fighting only the “bad guys”, by definition, that means looking for or waiting around ’til the bad guys show up, which means saturation coverage.

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    The Pale Scot says:

    @Corner Stone: touché

    But really dude, there are other places to yank people’s chains, after putting up with morons at work all day, many of us come here hoping to turn our idiot filters off.

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    The Pale Scot says:

    @Corner Stone: And PS. Many neocons and their baboon followers do type “surge” in all caps, I guess you don’t have nutty relatives, lucky you.

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    Jasmine Bleach says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Wait. So you say the Surge is increasing troop levels, but then turn around two sentences later and say we got the opposing forces in a room and told them to cut it out (essentially, the paying them off part) and that’s what did it?

    Make up your mind!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Jasmine Bleach: No, I’m saying the SURGE was a troop increase while we used the tactical space to inform the various sectarian forces they needed to cut out all the bullshit. Or else we would use the SURGE to grind them down.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @The Pale Scot: One of us is clearly in the wrong place.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @ira-NY:

    The surge did not work. The proof is in today’s pudding.

    The SURGE worked. Obama lost Iraq.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    Come on, repeat in a nasal GWB voice, “We need to stay the course…” (Cuz that worked so well).

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    mark says:

    I need to move back to my home state of Florida and marry Betty Cracker just for this post alone.

    You are SO awesome!

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    Zifnab25 says:

    Someone let Charlie Sheen know he may be in copywrite infringement over his use of the term “Winning!” Fletcher and the Bush, Co boys clearly have prior claim.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @mark: “Florida Man seeks Polyandrous Poster”

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    The Watcher says:

    @liberal: True. But the AUMF was indeed merely a technicality, a fig leaf to cover for Bush’s determination to perform an act of naked aggression. The War on Iraq was a fait accompli by March 2002.

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    The Watcher says:

    @The Pale Scot: Nice. Did you have a news letter? I’d like to hear more of your ideas….

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    The Watcher says:

    @Corner Stone: The Game is Up. Cornerstone is DougJ. He gave up himself when he went to ‘the schools have been painted’ schtick.

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    tybee says:

    And so help me dog, if anyone ever speaks favorably of a military “surge” in my presence, I will neck-punch the motherfucker.

    you crack me up.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    No, Ari, not regardless.

    That is all.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @The Watcher:

    He gave up himself

    Well, honestly, I gave up a fuckton ago.
    But I think you actually meant, “he gave himself up”.
    Which is a totes diff thingie.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Suffern ACE: I’ve been waiting for her to auction off the cement profile she accidentally created a bit ago.
    …what?

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    Birthmarker says:

    @Corner Stone: Busted…

    We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat. Donald Rumsfeld – ABC Interview – March 30, 2003

    Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum.....z34ZvIMYsG

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Birthmarker: Heck. You got me.

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    Long Tooth says:

    Technically speaking, Fleischer spoke the truth. The infamous propaganda campaign to stampede the nation into unleashing hell on humanity began with intent in August, 2002.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Cris (without an H): Man, life only affords us so many opportunities. Sometimes, we just have to celebrate the man’s whole catalog.
    IOW, Heck.

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    skyweaver says:

    @Betty Cracker: My point is that half the time the stupider stuff I read that the wingnuts say I read on progressive blogs. It’s hearing some batty-ass shit that some neanderthal in a suit says for the conservative side and someone working for sanity pull out a big spotlight and shines it right on it and holler about how stupid it is. Is there a place for mockery? Sure. But sometimes it just feels like adding oxygen to the fire. I just read your post after a day full of this.

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