Sorry, but it struck me as a snow job, from an administration that—pretty much like the rest of us—has no clue where to go from here.
The central and most glaring contradiction is the implied threat to walk away... Yoked to the ringing declaration that, of course, we can't walk away. We seem to be saying to the Maliki govt.: "Hey, you guys better step up to your responsibilites, or else we're outa here." This, a few sentences after saying that we can't leave the place without a victory. So-o-o-o:
—-We can't leave Iraq without a victory.
—-Unless Maliki & Co. get their act together, we can't achieve victory.
—-If Maliki & Co. don't get their act together, we'll leave.
It's been a while since I studied classical logic, but it seems to me that this syllogism leaks like a sieve.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Derb on the Surge
As crazy as the Derb can be, he's got more honesty and insight than the other Cornerites:
Posted by Gabriel at 6:16 AM