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      05-30-2008, 03:02 PM   #1
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Pelosi Credits Iran’s “Goodwill” for Surge Success
Pelosi Credits Iran’s “Goodwill” for Surge Success
Abe Greenwald - 05.29.2008 - 2:27 PM
In an interview yesterday with the San Francisco Chronicle, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi claimed the U.S. troop surge failed to accomplish its goal. She then partially credited the success of the troop surge to “the goodwill of the Iranians,” claiming that they were responsible for ending violence in the southern city of Basra.
Asked if she saw any evidence of the surge’s positive impact on her May 17 trip to Iraq she responded:
Well, the purpose of the surge was to provide a secure space, a time for the political change to occur to accomplish the reconciliation. That didn’t happen. Whatever the military success, and progress that may have been made, the surge didn’t accomplish its goal. And some of the success of the surge is that the goodwill of the Iranians-they decided in Basra when the fighting would end, they negotiated that cessation of hostilities-the Iranians.
This is an inexcusable slander. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki brought the Sadrists militias to their knees in a month-long battle that enabled Iraq’s largest Sunni bloc to rejoin the government. Furthermore, when Pelosi met with Prime Minister al-Maliki in Mosul she sang quite a different tune. She had “welcomed Iraq’s progress in passing a budget as well as oil legislation, and a bill paving the way for the provincial elections in the fall that are expected to more equitably redistribute power among local officials,” and stated, “We’re assured the elections will happen here, they will be transparent, they will be inclusive and they will take Iraq closer to the reconciliation we all want it to have.”

Discounting the success of the American military, denying the accomplishments of U.S. allies, and giving the credit to our most dangerous enemies seems like an especially productive week for a Democrat on Capitol Hill. After Nancy Pelosi’s post-Iraq hat trick, there’s really no need for Barack Obama to make this trip after all.
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      05-30-2008, 04:34 PM   #2
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Listen, you want to win in Iraq or not? If so, accept the reality of the fact that Iran and Al-malaki work in concert with one another and that Iran can infact change the situation on the ground.

Also realize that the US military is not, cannot and really should not be asked to control all of Iraq. The US military is a machine built to defend the US and destroy any enemy that tries to get in its path. It is not a machine built to occupy a country in the long term. That is a waste of our solider's training and abilities.

Once you realize these very simple facts that are basicly slapping you in the face, then you will quickly realize that we can finish this mission once and for all with some of the right moves and right words and acceptance of the fact that Iran and other parties in Iraq do have influence and control over themselves/friends.

Who the hell cares who gets the 'credit' for doing it. Get your head out of the sand and lets finish the job already.
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