"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Did you hear the one about Petreus’ Interest in Changing Direction in Iraq?

Yeah, it’s true I guess at least according to Senator Jack Reed, a Democrat (oddly) from the great state of Rhode Island.

According to Reed who just happened to arrive back from a trip to Iraq got some “impressions” while speaking with General Petreus.

Reed put together some thoughts based on these “impressions,” that give one the “impression” that no matter what Petreus said would fully fit in with Reed’s “impressions.”

Said Reed:

"The prospect of anything changing over the next several weeks or months, certainly through September, are very bleak indeed."

As a result of Reed’s “impression:”

"We're ready, I think, for a vote on the policy. I don't think we have to wait."

It is my “impression” that direction, “impression” and “appearances” suggested to Reed to use friendly terminology by saying that Petraeus “appeared eager to come out with new ways to respond to the continuing security problems there” as a means to bolster the “cut and run somewhere” argument.

This is by means of giving the “impression” that Petraeus wants out; not that Petraeus has on the ground ideas to improve tactics in the mission based on the daily tide in battle.

Marking and assisting in the murky “impression” that Senator Reed would like to provide comes this sinister “impression:”

“"I got the impression from Gen. Petraeus that he wasn't waiting. Now he might be overruled by people in the White House and, you know, wait until September. But he seemed very eager to come forward as quickly as possible with a new direction and policy."

While we’re at it, let’s decide on the next six presidents that way we can get onto the more pressing issues of 2031__________________

Did you know:

"There was a time when events shaped history. It was the ‘facts on the ground’ that would influence the future and help us understand the past. We might debate the meaning of it all and we were free to debate the events that triggered changes.

While scholars and historians will discuss Lincoln and the Civil War forever, or debate the real origins of World War One, it clear that ‘facts on the ground’ now play a lesser role than ever in determining history- or the future.

Now, feelings have entered the equation....."

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