FDR had 'The New Deal" ... JFK was "Camelot" ...
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The Commander Guy, an ambitious General and The Surge
Almost as a backdrop to the theatre of The PetraeusReportPalooza this week comes some sad news.
Two of seven soldiers (Buddhika Jayamaha, Wesley D. Smith, Jeremy Roebuck, Omar Mora, Edward Sandmeier, Yance T. Gray and Jeremy A. Murphy) who wrote the great Op-Ed, "The War As We Saw It", were killed in action on Monday.
Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance T. Gray died in a vehicle accident in Baghdad.
"The War As We Saw It" was, more-or-less, a rebuttal to the rose-colored glasses Op-Ed, "A War We Just Might Win" by war cheerleaders-passing-themselves-off-as-war-critics Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack, both from the Brookings Institute.
The Garlic featured "The War As We Saw It" in our post "Three For Today ... The Selling of Iraq", as the timing of the publication came smack in the middle of the selling of Ayad Allawi as the next savior of Iraq.
The tragic loss of these two soldiers, as well as the 3,000+, and the scores-of-thousands of Iraqis, certainly begs answers to the questions General Extraordinaire David Petraeus - as well as the Bush Grindhouse - couldn't answer during his testimony this week.
Asking for more time, another six-months, so that, maybe, possibly, something good will happen, doesn't do anything now, for Sgt Mora or Sgt. Gray.
Instead of listening to Golden Boy Petraeus, or his Robin-like sidekick, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, perhaps the House and Senate should have the five remaining Op-Ed writers come in and testify.
And, rather then offering some bland, boiler-plate response to The Commander Guy this evening, after his televised snow job on announcing a troop pullout - that was already scheduled to occur - the Democratic response should be to read "The War As We Saw It" to the country.
But then again, the country doesn't need to be convinced what a nightmare Iraq is, and how we should be out of there.
Perhaps they should convene for a Joint Session of Congress and read it there.
Update/Must Read Bonus Link
Here's a pretty good assessment "from conditions on the ground", as the Bush Grindhouse likes to say, on the Surge and Anbar Strategy
Abu Aardvark: Abu Risha murdered