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we're on the edge of burma
when you hear talk of the southside, you hear talk...
every man for himself and god against them all
you can do what you like, there'll be no reprisal
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destroy 2000 years of culture
you were wrong when you said everything's gonna be...
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
let down and hanging around:
It hasn't even been a month since Washington started salivating for General Petraeus's September report on the surge's success or failure, and sure enough, Petraeus has to take a bib to everyone's mouth. From his interview with Jane Arraf for IraqSlogger:
Now, about that reconciliation. If the surge hasn't come completely unmoored from its original purpose, it exists to support the creation of a centripetal political force in Baghdad. Petraeus, chief architect of the new counterinsurgency manual, would be out of character if he separated his assessment of political progress from that of his military efforts. So if he and Ambassador Ryan Crocker are prepping to assess the state of Iraqi cohesion, then the September report ought to focus on whether the surge has been overtaken by the increasingly calamitous politics of Iraq. NPR, via Ann:
Iraqi politics will never be "over." There is no discernible point at which a sectarian war will become "full-fledged." Petraeus and Crocker need to make judgment calls on when the situation defies American remedy. That really ought to be visible by September.