Tag Archives: Iraq

Cuts and Pull-Outs

Spoils of War

In a news dump Friday a week ago, the president abandoned a big chunk of his health care plan.  Last Friday he abandoned Iraq. Only this time it really was Bush’s fault.  Bush negotiated the withdrawal late  in his administration. Obama tried to extend the Status of Forces agreement to allow 3,000 troops to to remain, but couldn’t get an Iraqi agreement on immunity from criminal prosecution for killing people and breaking things. So, he claimed credit for fulfilling a campaign pledge, took his army, and went home.

VP Smackdown

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William McGurn, in his WSJ column today, dredged up  some Joe Biden comments form 2007 on Iraq  – “fundamental strategic mistake” to believe “there is any possibility in the lifetime of anyone here of having the Iraqis get together, have a unity government in Baghdad that pulls the country together. That will not happen, George.”

More Stuff About Our USO Trip

Okay. Here are my pictures from the trip. I recommend the slide show. I like it. We did a lot in a few days and I’ve been a little confused due to jet lag. For example I have no memory of staying over-night in Germany. But I do remember the shower door opening from a corner, same as last year. I may have lost my mind but I know I’m clean.

Thankfully, Mad magazine’s Tom Richmond has a comprehensive account of the entire trip.  As if he can be believed. However, I’m intimidated enough by his caricatures to accept whatever he says. Please go to his site to see what really happened. Thanks.

David Ignatius really rides with the helicopter swells.  And he knows what he’s talking about. Here’s what he had to say about the Sunday Baghdad bombings.

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