Sans the flightsuit and aircraft carrier deck landing ...
While the Bush Grindhouse billed this as a "stop-by" for The Commander Guy, on his way to an economic conference in Australia, it was anything but ...
It was the continued roll out of the "Petraeus Reportpalooza", complete with the soldier-in-uniform backdrops, with the well-timed "Hooahs" to urge this charade on ...
We've already had, over the past few weeks and months, the steady stream of Congressional Delegations coming over to Iraq, with the fervor of the Kanamits loading the dimwitted citizens on to airplanes in the Twilight Zone's 'To Serve Man', and with the expected results;
Republicans - The surge is working, it's a big success story.
Democrats - We're fucked ... And the longer we stay here, the more fucked we'll be.
So Anbar province now sits in the Extreme Makeover spotlight ... The bell-ringing success story to validate the Bush Grindhouse tenet that everything about invading and occupying Iraq was the right thing to do ...
And it gave the Decider Guy yet another opportunity to ring that al Qaeda bell;
"You see Sunnis who once fought side by side with al Qaeda against coalition troops now fighting side by side with coalition troops against al Qaeda. Anbar is a huge province. It was once written off as lost. It is now one of the safest places in Iraq. (Hooah.)
The very people that you helped the Iraqis defeat in Anbar swore allegiance to the man that ordered the attack on the United States of America. What happens here in Anbar matters to the security of the United States."
But a funny thing happened on the way to the public relations bag of tricks.
The visit today, and the strategy that lead to the "safety" of the stop-over goes completely against the strained strategy of the ever-so-hailed surge, and what the surge was supposed to accomplish.
"The surge of operations that began in June is improving security throughout Iraq. The military successes are paving the way for the political reconciliation and economic progress the Iraqis need to transform their country."
They bought and paid for Anbar Province, with arms, and money (and, perhaps, some of those missing AK-47's that General David 'Rifleman" Petraeus kinda lost).
Security throughout Iraq is not improving and Michael Vick will probably be back in the NFL before there is political reconciliation.
After all, the "Petraeus Reportpalooza" is running to counter the "reality" coming out of Iraq;
- A corrupt government
- A virtual complete failure in reaching the benchmarks set out by Congress, as detailed by the latest GAO Report
- A NIE Report showing (drum roll, please) more violence, violence violence
"Bush's visit to Anbar province is a strong message to the Maliki government in Baghdad and a rebuke to the Shiite opposition to arming the tribesmen to fight al-Qaeda in Iraq," said Farhan Jassem, a sheik from the Dulaimi tribe. "I believe the tribesmen have fulfilled their promises which they had made to the American forces. We have achieved in four months what the United States could not do in four years, destroying al-Qaeda in Anbar."
Doesn't sound like they're ready to sing "My Country Tis of Thee" anytime soon.
And, as this has happened so often, anybody whose anybody, knows, as soon as U.S. Forces pull out of Anbar, it will go south, just like all the other "success stories".
Perhaps, the best the Bush Grindhouse can spin out of this is that The Uniter Guy didn't go to the market, or rug shopping.
They must be saving the flightsuit and aircraft carrier for the spreading of democracy in Iran.
Cue up Que Sera Sera...
Bonus Petraeus Reportpalooza Links
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