Sunday, July 16, 2006

Trouble in the Middle East: It must be Time for Bush to Take His Summer Vacation!

A strategy for victory? Not so much. In a new report, the Government Accountability Office says the president's national strategy fails to provide "a clear roadmap for achieving victory in Iraq." The core problem identified by the GAO: bad assumptions by the Bush administration.

Gingrich says it's World War III (Seattle Times) – Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says America is in World War III and President Bush should say so. In an interview in Bellevue [yesterday] morning Gingrich said Bush should call a joint session of Congress the first week of September and talk about global military conflicts in much starker terms than have been heard from the president.

Rice Calls Idea That Iraq War Contributed To Regional Instability ‘Grotesque’ Today on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos pointed out that the Bush administration repeatedly promised that war in Iraq would bring peace and stability to the Middle East. But as the recent violence in the Middle East has shown, the region has actually fallen deeper into instability and unrest since the war began. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Stephanopoulos it was “grotesque” to suggest that the Iraq war contributed to that instability. [Ed.: None are so blind as those who refuse to see.]

Helen Flusters Tony, Who Then Confuses Iran and Iraq Watch the video. [Ed.: This dumbass showboat kinda makes me miss Mr. Personality, that cuddly ole Scott McClelland].

Additional Blogs On The Middle East Worth Reading

Josh Marshall: “What Stands Out To Me Right Now Is The Seeming Irrelevance And Marginality Of The United States”

Matthew Yglesias: “The Major Powers – Including Especially The United States – Desperately Need To Step Up To The Plate Here”

Gary Hart: The Hornets’ Nest Kicked Open By The Iraq Invasion Is Now Swarming In The Middle East

James Wolcott: Bush's Stance Is “That Of An Interested Bystander”

Eric Boehlert: CNN's Lebanon Problem

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