"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
The United States on Tuesday praised Japan''s decision to withdraw its ground troops from Iraq as "a positive step" indicating progress in the transformation of multinational forces'' mission there.
Referring to the Iraqi government''s announcement Monday of the handover of security responsibility in al-Muthanna Province, southern Iraq, by multinational forces to Iraqi authorities in July, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said, "That means that the mission of the forces there, the Japanese forces there have been successfully completed."
The Japanese Self-Defense Forces are "transitioning to a new way of contributing to success to Iraq," Hadley told reporters aboard Air Force One. He was accompanying President George W. Bush on his trip to Vienna for a summit between the United States and the European Union.
I'm not sure, but I think what Hadley's trying to say is that our few remaining allies are in their "last throes."
Why, on the otherhand, don't you promote the ideas of the Iraqi Governments idea of a amnesty? Something which probably only bears truth the improvement. I am not sure it will work, just now, but perhaps they wouldn't do it unless they had reason to believe that the suggestion would be received well by the people with whom the interract on a daily basis.
Funny, I guess you don't hear about those things.
You say that I am blind to the "fact" [sic] that things there are improving. I fear that you are almost literally drowning in Bushinista Kool-Aid. The situation in Iraq is getting worse every day - but don't take my word for it. Instead, I suggest that you listen to our ambassodor on the ground there, who is (if anything) even more pessemistic than I am.
As for the amnesty idea - even if such a thing would be helpful (and I doubt that very much), I for one am less than enthusistic about the idea of pardoning the people who have been murdering our soldiers. I guess I'm just a little weird that way.