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July 23, 2008


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Rowland Manthorpe

The political analysis is spot on.

And yet. Is the surge really working?

I know it's had tremendous success according to the metrics laid out by the US govt, but - as Peter Oborne's documentary showed (http://www.channel4.com/news/microsites/I/iraq_the_reckoning/index.html) - arming and paying sectional militias very rarely ends happily in the long term.

I think Obama got it right when it really mattered, because he opposed this disasterous second front when it was first mooted.


Thomas Friedman has not been correct about any facet of this invasion and occupation. Not one. His FU (Friedman Units - 6 months) is legend and will be noted in Wikipedia very soon as a time measurement. Please don't gamble the entire country and planet on what this asshat says. Once he has been proven correct, then we can re-look - not before.


Thank-you, Jimbo, for introducing me to a new insult: the 'ass-hat', defined by the urban dictionary as 'one whose head is so far up their rear end it could pass for a hat'. I like it.

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