Wednesday the White House confirmed that aWol's budget, to be revealed next month, won't fully fund the war in Iraq for the coming year. Immediately upon the new Congress being seated and the next President taking office, major cost questions will have to be confronted. And the criminal enterprise passing itself off as a presidency will skate out of town leaving the troops in the field unfunded. Should McCain prevail in securing the nomination and gaining the presidency (fat chance, I know) leaving the troops unfunded and in harms way would be a final "Fuck You" from Bush to McCain. Remember, McCain is making perpetual occupation a centerpiece of his campaign.
But not only is aWol not funding it - he is strong-arming the Iraqi puppet government, insisting it give the United States broad authority not only to conduct combat operations, but also to guarantee that mercenaries like the thugs from Blackwater be granted legal protections that would continue to shield them from Iraqi law. The current international mandate will expire before the end of the year.
This emerging American negotiating position faces a potential buzz saw of opposition from Iraq, with its fragmented Parliament, weak central government and deep sensitivities about being seen as a dependent state, according to these officials.Basically, what the bastard is trying to do is put in place a security arrangement - which in normal times with a law-abiding president would require a treaty and senate ratification. But these are not normal times and this is not a law abiding president. The reality is, he could not get the approval of 2/3 of the Senate, so he is bullheadedly going on his own merry way and the rest of the country be damned. Representative Bill Delahunt (D, Mass) pulled no punches:
At the same time, the administration faces opposition from Democrats at home, who warn that the agreements that the White House seeks would bind the next president by locking in Mr. Bush’s policies and a long-term military presence.
The American negotiating position for a formal military-to-military relationship, one that would replace the current United Nations mandate, is laid out in a draft proposal that was described by White House, Pentagon, State Department and military officials on ground rules of anonymity. It also includes less controversial demands that American troops be immune from Iraqi prosecution, and that they maintain the power to detain Iraqi prisoners.
“Where have we ever had an agreement to defend a foreign country from external attack and internal attack that was not a treaty?” he said Wednesday at a hearing of a foreign affairs subcommittee held to review the matter. “This could very well implicate our military forces in a full-blown civil war in Iraq. If a commitment of this magnitude does not rise to the level of a treaty, then it is difficult to imagine what could.”Senator Jim Webb was outspoken about his disgust with aWol's ploy. “There’s no exit strategy, because the administration doesn’t have one,” Senator Webb said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “By entering this agreement, they avoid a debate and they validate their unspoken strategy.”
Senator Jim Webb, Democrat of Virginia, who raised concerns in a letter to the White House in December, said the negotiations were an unprecedented step toward making an agreement on status of forces without the overarching security guarantees like those provided in the NATO treaty. He added that the Democratic majority would seek to block any agreements with the Iraqis, unless the administration was clear about its ultimate intentions in Iraq.
And then there are the eighteen benchmarks set forth to measure the success of the "New Way Forward" that Resident Evil™ laid out when he decided to "surge" troops back to previous levels. A whopping three of the eighteen have been met. Two of eight governmental benchmarks and one of eight security benchmarks have been met. None of the economic goals have been realized.
Remember that the ostensible purpose for the troop buildup was to give the Iraqi government "breathing space" to achieve political reconciliation. A year later, and the surge by necessity drawing down, progress has been minimal, and what has been achieved is not sustainable. Iraqis have not made the necessary compromises to achieve reconciliation. The only thing they seem able to agree on is that vacations are a grand notion, so they have adjourned parliament and spent fully two of the last twelve months on vacation.
They will never step up and deal with the hellish reality the idiot Bush has created for them, so long as Americans occupy the battlespace. Not only is there no military solution, the presence of our military precludes the political solution from occurring.
The only way the political leadership in Iraq is going to step up is for the United States to set a date certain for withdrawal of American forces. It is the only way to prompt the recalcitrant Iraqi leaders to make the compromises necessary for political reconciliation. As American forces redeploy over the remainder of 2008, the best hope is for a "diplomatic surge" to take place among Iraq and all of the neighboring states. But the current administration is not likely to be amenable to such an approach - remember that Syria and Iran are bordering states, and the Bush administration considers them "bad actors."
When one puts the pieces together, it is easy to see that aWol's decision to go forward with the AEI's Surge™ strategy, the only success the shell game (with live shells!) has realized is running out the clock so the next president will be the one who has to clean up his murderous mess.
Heckuva job, there George, you mendacious drooling cretin. Heckuva job.