Quote from Tweety
Low blow and childish in my opinion.
I realize at this point an "immediate withdrawal" is unrealistic. I would just like some honesty.
It seems like six months ago they said "in about six months". Probably that was just to shut people up. A week or so ago they wanted more troops.
The truth is they have no idea when they can get out, and it could be years, and a cost of billions and an untold human cost on both sides. We lost.
I don't recall anyone on the conservative side saying, "six months."
It astounds me that so many have forgotten that Bush said at the outset that this war would be difficult and would take time. When Baghdad fell so quickly, I think he--along with many others--got a bit overconfident for a very short while, but overall, he has never painted the war as quick or easy, and, in fact, kept saying it would be just the opposite.
I don't know how you can say that we lost. For one thing, it isn't over yet. For another, the complexion of the Middle East has changed. It isn't only Iraq that has been affected. Do you think Lebanon would have challenged Syria's ruthless behind-the-scenes control if we hadn't gained a foothold in Iraq? What about Moamar Ghadafi? He agreed to unconditional surrender of all chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons. That seems unlikely to have occured without a huge change in the former status quo. Afghanistan is slowly but surely coming out of the dark ages. Other countries are looking at the possibilities of democracy and freedom. I count every one of these changes as a light shining in a place that was formerly a black hole of fear and tyranny.
Part of the problem is that we get such distorted reports of what is really going on in Iraq. I hold the mainstream media accountable for the withholding of much of the good news that is taking place. Military people coming home on leave or returning from deployment almost universally express astonishment and even horror that our news coverage is so slanted toward the negative. They question the absence of reporting on the many good things that are taking place on a daily basis and decry the tremendous imbalance between what they actually saw and what we are being told.
It's a sad state of affairs when many media sources have become so biased and agenda-driven that returning military personnel don't even recognize
the landscape they've just left in the stories we're being told.