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Blumenthal continually surprised by contingency planning
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, February 08, 2007

I have to wonder, given his propensity to think he's divulging something of great importance when he talks about Pentagon planning, whether Sidney Blumenthal has any idea of how the military works:
Deep within the bowels of the Pentagon, policy planners are conducting secret meetings to discuss what to do in the worst-case scenario in Iraq about a year from today if and when President Bush's escalation of more than 20,000 troops fails, a participant in those discussions told me. None of those who are taking part in these exercises, shielded from the public view and the immediate scrutiny of the White House, believes that the so-called surge will succeed. On the contrary, everyone thinks it will not only fail to achieve its aims but also accelerate instability by providing a glaring example of U.S. incapacity and incompetence.
And note the sly disengenuousness he employs here. He says "a participant" told him about the discussions but "none of those" who participated believe the surge would succeed. From where I come from that would require him to have spoken to all of the participants. Obviously that didn't happen. And not content with that, he then claims that not only do they think it will fail, it will also accelerate instability. All of them think that, folks. All of them.

Any wonder why I stopped reading after that, the first paragraph?
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"Any wonder why I stopped reading after that, the first paragraph?"

Then how dare you criticize it?! (Sarcasm off)

Seriously, though. Blumenthal must still think of the military in terms of how it was portrayed in those childish movies from the ’80’s. They were either bumbling cretins or evil, scheming fascists, planning for the world’s total destruction in darkened rooms. When I was in the Army, we had at least two lights on in the room when we did our scheming.
Written By: cjd
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He talked to a participant who probably told him the mood and thinking of the assembled members.

I don’t think anybody really expects the "surge" (back to 2005 levels) to work. The US seems to think it’s fighting a counter-insurgency, when actually the sectarian violence and intense corruption is the real problem. Perhaps, though, this can create a "peace with honor" moment, where Bush can leave with the appearance things have improved. Then the Iraqis can be blamed for what comes next. Saving face seems to be what it’s all about.
Written By: Scott Erb
I don’t think anybody really expects the "surge" (back to 2005 levels) to work.
You certainly don’t. You also don’t believe that military force solves anything, so I don’t see why you bother to comment at all.
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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Professor Erb begins on an accurate note:
"I don’t think..."
but then his veracity falls off considerably.
"...anybody really expects the "surge"... to work."
Consider what level that the Iraqis must reach (think "Stepford Wives") before lefties like Professor Erb would grudgingly concede that a small degree of success has been acheived in Iraq. The LN says "quagmire" and "quagmire" it will be, despite ANY improvements. The goalpost will be moved as required in order to declare the Bush administration a failure. Look for the MSM to be declaring an historic low point just around October, 2008, regardless of reality.

In the meantime, mountebanks like Professor Erb, knowing this, will attempt to burnish their political credentials by predicting failure. I can see the headline in the NYT if the surge were to be a fantastic success: "Price of butter soars in Iraq!"

Yes, lefties, we know that the surge is doomed - in the MSM. However, in the real world it may just work. In conjunction with undercover diplomacy, it may turn the corner to a better future for Iraq.
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Uh-oh! I hate to see posts about the MSM like this in The Jawa Report:

”So, we have 6 al Qaeda leaders captured, and possibly dozens more killed. All in the last 48 hours. ...So, will you see this in the news? No. You. Won’t.
”... nowadays, the Sunni insurgency is being whittled down to Al Qaeda’s activity in Iraq. It’s that simple, and he’s that important.
So why isn’t the Times writing that? I think the answer has something to do with what seems, to my eyes, to be a determined campaign to keep the American people from knowing the nature of the enemy in Iraq because identifying this enemy as Al Qaeda casts the debate about the war in a whole different light.”
The second quote is from Little Green Footballs.

Now I am just a dupe of the right wing noise machine.
Written By: notherbob2
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More MSM slanting of the news. My local liberal rag (Medford Mail Tribune) exercised its news judgement today and had as its front page headline: “Pentagon distorted Iraq intel findings” followed by the full AP rundown, Senator Levin quotes and all. They know what people ought to be reading. Certainly there is nothing newsworthy in a report like this:
““AQI is both feared and hated,” Capt Broekhuizen said, referring to Al Qaeda in Iraq. “They’ve been running a brutal terror campaign. ....” Marines from Golf Company said they recently fished two bodies out of the local river: a man had been decapitated, and his 4-year old tied to his leg before both were thrown into the river and the little boy drowned. The killings were a product of Al Qaeda terror. ...Marines say that they are making progress. Humanitarian missions, census operations, and security patrols have, according to the grunts, reduced the level of AQI violence by over 60% since they arrived in theater a few months ago.... In their own small-scale way, the residents of Saqliwiah are pushing back against both AQI and the Shia. They’ve re-opened a maternity clinic, a kindergarten, and are filling potholes and repaving the streets.”
Yawn. Nothing of interest there. The REAL story today, despite the fact that one just might wonder how the surge is going, is how the Bush-bashing in going in Democrat-controlled committees in Washington.”
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