Everybody and his brother and/or sister, is making a prediction on the Patraeus report. Why should I be any different?
OK, Patraeus will make his report to Congress today and so will Amb. Crocker. It will be a “stay the course” format. they will say that there is some success and more failures, especially in the political arena. They will pretty much echo the position of the President that he has been spouting for a couple of weeks. In fact, I would not be surprised if the Pres visit to Iraq was not more for the informing of the players at what was to be said. The photo op with soldiers was a really nice touch, but that is not the concern of the visit; but it does make good press.
The Dems–this is a broken party! they were swept into power with the promise of an end to the war and they have been thwarted on every front by the Pres and the GOP. Their approval ratings suck and they want to attack a General who is in the war. Not one of their better plans.
The prediction for the war? Troops will stay another 6 months or so. Pres will get his extension and the Dems will be on their heels trying to salvage their dignity. They will have to switch their rhetoric as the elections approach. They can no longer embrace the anti-war position. Not if they want to be elected. The American people will believe Patraeus and Bush will come out of this smelling like a rose. How does he do it!
The question is who will you believe? The general owes his position to the president. The ambassador owes his position to the president. But yet some believe they will be straightforward with the Congress. The media is kept at bay, allowed only access when it is prudent to the position of the president. Those who say things have improved are the president’s boys. They would support his opinion if it were that a BMW evolved from an ape. So please save me from the bovine fecal matter that this is an unbiased report.
The Dems are becoming more and more impotent as the process moves forward. Ask yourself, if they were swept into office on an anti-war program, what has changed that they are now a supporter of the obscenity in Iraq?
Just some random thoughts for a Monday morning.