Friday, August 18, 2006

Cafferty: Success in Iraq?

Jack Cafferty did a great run down of all the points of "success" we have heard about in Iraq. From the toppling of the Saddam statue to the killing of Zarqawi, he hit them all then asked the most important question; "Do you think we need a new definition of what constitutes success in Iraq?" Video

BTW #1: Iraq doubles funding for oil imports! Iraq has doubled the money allocated for importing oil products in August and September to tackle the country's worst fuel shortage since Saddam Hussein’s 2003 ouster. Even though Iraq has the world's third-largest proven oil reserves, it is forced to depend on imports because of an acute shortage of refined products such as gasoline, kerosene and cooking gas. [Remember what Paul Wolfowitz, formerly Rumsfeld’s Deputy Secretary of Defense and the architect of the foreign policy known as the Bush Doctrine that resulted in the invasion of Iraq, told us back on 3/27/03: “There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years… We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.”]

BTW #2: Opium cultivation in Afghanistan has hit record levels -- up by more than 40 percent from 2005 -- despite hundreds of millions in counter-narcotics money, Western officials told The Associated Press. The increase could have serious repercussions for an already grave security situation, with drug lords joining the Taliban-led fight against Afghan and international forces.

LSB: I don’t know how many more times I can be surprised by any of this.

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