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Some days in the Blogging trade, you are trying to think of a way to make a point….only to surf around and find it has already been made for you. Today on Daily Kos, dday and Georgia10 pretty much nail it, especially when taken in tandem. dday points out in HEY! Hundreds of American soldiers are going to die that The Surge’s “success” has, in reality, had nearly nothing to do with the surge but with internal Iraqi factional politics.
And Georgia10 asks the most pertinent question of the entire campaign: Will The Media Finally Report That The Surge Has Failed?
The centerpiece of John McCain’s campaign is that “the surge is working” in Iraq. He has repeated this lie hundreds of times on the trail, and in doing so, he has rarely been challenged. The press has largely reported his contention as fact, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
The surge, the president’s “New Way Forward,” was supposed to provide stability, promote political progress, and otherwise assist the Iraqi government in meeting certain benchmarks. As to those expressed goals, the surge has, by any measure, failed.
If what we wish never happens occurs — that is, if the violence in Iraq continues to rise after such a positive downtrend — will the media finally report that the surge has failed? Regardless of the level of violence, will the press admit that the escalation has failed to bring about the promised political progress? Or will they, in typical, stenographic fashion, allow John McCain to repeat the lie that has become the cornerstone of his candidacy?
McCain represents the latest, and hopefully last the last face of Hawkish, War Mongering, Republican Cold Warriors. A black and white mindset hat has no place into todays complex, interdependent web of world affairs. Good vs. Evil, Christian vs Infidel, win at any cost….even if you have to Nuke ’em back to the Stone Age. The kind of mindless, unthinking crap the Merde Stream Media eats up with a spoon….because they want to be Maco Maverick Action Figures just like St. John. Even though that is a myth that they themselves have made up and perpetuated.
We are long past the days of a Lone Wolf Maverick Knight riding out to slay dragons. We are. The world is. But the Jingoistic Juvenile American mindset still resonates to that myth, a myth that must be destroyed if we are ever going to have peace.