War is peace, loss is gain

If Bush plans to stay the course with his favorite soporific: "when the Iraqis stand up, we'll stand down," it looks like the troops are in for a lot more standing up. Also known as getting killed.

Laura Rozen writes: "Gen. George Casey testifies today that 'the number of Iraqi battalions capable of fighting without American support has dropped from three to one.'"

Casey then provides this head-scratcher: "Have we lost ground? Absolutely not." Or maybe it's better understood as a "backscratcher."

And then to further muddy the issue: Why are there so few battle-ready Iraqi battalions (which clearly is, what, some kind of victory?)? Because we have such high standards:


"Casey said the Pentagon’s standard for what constitutes a fully capable Iraqi battalion is high and that it’s been difficult to ensure logistical support for Iraqi units. 'I understand what you’re saying, how it could be perceived as disappointing...'"
(War and Piece)

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