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Thursday, December 14, 2006

New Original Flavor!!!

Once again, the same old nonsense is given an extreme semantic make-over, and, no doubt filled with glee at the opportunity to print another meaningless article on Iraq, the Pinochet Post prints it. Stupidity ensues.

The nation's top uniformed leaders are recommending that the United States change its main military mission in Iraq from combating insurgents to supporting Iraqi troops and hunting terrorists, said sources familiar with the White House's ongoing Iraq policy review.
Huh? Exactly what is the difference between "combating insurgents" and "hunting terrorists?" Haven't they been "terrorists" the whole time? Isn't that who we're fighting over there so as not to fight them here? The worst part is that unless the preceeding was a quote, print-bloggers Robin Wright and Ann Scott Tyson are purposely and directly engaging in the kind of obfuscation that serves this sputtering war policy so well.

President Bush and Vice President Cheney met with the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff yesterday at the Pentagon for more than an hour, and the president engaged his top military advisers on different options.
Well, certainly glad to hear that the boys might have worked through lunch on this one.

Sources said that Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top U.S. commander in Iraq, is reviewing a plan to redefine the American military mission there: U.S. troops would be pulled out of Iraqi cities and consolidated at a handful of U.S. bases while day-to-day combat duty would be turned over to the Iraqi army. Casey is still considering whether to request more troops, possibly as part of an expanded training mission to help strengthen the Iraqi army.
Two things: a) how is "strengthening" (with weights?) the Iraqi army, "turning over" combat duty to the Iraqis, "expanding" the training mission in any way a REDEFINITION of our current aims? Haven't we been talking about "standing down as they stand up" for three years now?, b) the people shooting at Americans are doing so because they want to shoot Americans. Replacing them with Iraqis would probably mean they would stop shooting. Which means this is probably a good idea, but not for the reasons Gen. Casey thinks.

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