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 PentagonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s standard for what constitutes a fully capable Iraqi battalion is high and that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been difficult to ensure logistical support for Iraqi units. 'I understand what youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re saying, how it could be perceived as disappointing...'"(War and Piece)
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