reply to post by mister.old.school
This series of videos is gaining increased awareness via sites like DIGG.COM and others. The videos highlight the reality that, among the people
living in Baghdad, there is no such thing as a "surge" and life continues to become more and more desperate week by week.
Au contraire! The SURGE was a complete success.
Problem is, you are not aware of Bush43's real purpose for the SURGE. Background. The Federal
budget runs from October 1 to the following September 30. The new Democratic controlled Congress took office January 3, 2007. The new Congress was
itching to get the top administration leaders UNDER oath and ON the record! The oversight Congress was supposed to do had been left undone by the old
Republican Congress. The US is spending $2 b. a week in Iraq. For several years. What has that money bought us?
Problem. Bush43 had to stop a nosy Congress from January, 2007, until October, 2007.
Answer. The SURGE.
So here are my 3 reasons why HE invented the SURGE and how it has succeeded in saving American lives but NOT in giving safe space for the Iraqi to
reach essential compromises. See Nancy Pelosi for more.
1) Iraqis were growing weary of the senseless killing.
The War had been going on more than 4 years. Most of the enemies of all sides had been
killed. Various estimates put Iraqi deaths at between 120,000 to 300,000 between May 1, 2003 and the end of 2007. 4 years, 8 months. As contrasted
with our part of World War Two, 3 years, 8 months, 25 days. But the Republicans cried, give the SURGE a chance to work!
Instead of debating the Iraq War as it was then on the ground, we ended arguing what would happen in the future. Either way,
Bush43 won every single day. If he could get past October 1, 2007, it did not matter to him what the SURGE did. Keep the American people arguing over
nothing and the Congress debating a non-issue, and VIOLA! Bush43 has done it to us again. Just like his WMDs. Add the SURGE to his bamboozling of the
The reverse of the law of unintended consequences. Good things happen unexpectedly. After October, 2007, there was nothing
Congress could do including extreme action like stopping the money flow, that would alter the FACT on the ground that between 165,000 to 140,000 US
soldiers would be in Iraq on January 20, 2009. Bush43's last half day in office.
His L E G A C Y
is assured however the War ends. If it ends on the GOOD side of history, he will CLAIM credit. Or, if it ends on the BAD side
of history he will LAY the BLAME on the next administration for not "staying the course." But for Bush43, it's a win-win situation. He has done it
to us again!
Semantics. Correlation is not necessarily causation. It may be coincidence.
FACTS. Iraq has 165,000 square miles. California has 163,000 sq mi. Iraq has 28 million people. Texas has 23.9 million. Iraq's Infant morality, 45.4
per 1000 live births (6.3). Longevity 69.7 years (78.1). Median age, 20.2 years (36.7). GDP per capita is given as $3,000 ($45,800). Unemployment
rate, 18% (4.6). Note: US numbers are in parenthesis.
The CIA World Factbook lists 19 recognized political parties in Iraq.
If only western/mainstream media would provide reports on the reality represented by the actual people effected by the invasion and occupation.
I call this disgraceful happening the “Murdoch Effect.” After the Australian Rupert Murdoch. A man who has singlehandedly wrecked the Western
media as we knew in before Ted Turner was “run out of town” by Time Warner. When Larry King dies, it will be all over and as they say, “in the
history books.” Under Murdoch, blood sex and gore have replaced thoughtful commentary and energetic journalism. Only circulation or audience share
matter. It’s called the Free Market.
Don’t you think Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon would have stopped the media pictures of the caskets being off-loaded at Dover AFB if they could
have? Have you seen ONE single print news or electronic media SUE in Federal Court asserting the First Amendment as the basis for the right to know by
the people and the 4th estate’s traditional role in gathering and conveying that news? Not one! Bush43 would have ended the Iraq War in ‘04 or
lose the presidency. No pictures, no news, no one gives a dam.
Factoid. As improbable as it is, because of the Electoral College, any candidate who carries these states even by 1 vote each, would win the
presidency: California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey. 11 states. 39, go fly a
[edit on 8/4/2008 by donwhite]