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donkeyotay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-04-07 02:20 PM
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22. They're resurrecting their base with this, reclaiming competence and security as GOP turf
A few of the overlooked facts include that the Sunnis had already agreed to work with the US because they were afraid of Iran. Moqtada al-sadr has declared a 6-month stand down, which had nothing to do with the surge. Even more refugees were created as people fled Baghdad ahead of the surge... there are many reasons Iraq looks relatively stable. To attribute it all to the surge does not capture the complexity. And to claim success with the surge suggests that the GOP thinks the progress is permanent, or that it's an opportunity to redeem all of their past failed policies with one shiny new meme. But if the Anbar Awakening tires of their alliance, if Moqtada goes back on the warpath, if the Kurds and Turkey have a go at it, if having Chalabi running the rehabilitation of Baghdad turns out to be a bad choice... will Rove still claim responsibility? Will Snow claim vindication?
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