US soldier guards Iraqi oil facility
Well, let's see how we're doing there in ol' Iraq.
Hmm, it doesn't look good. General Pretaeus is saying that "there is no military solution"; then he condradicts himself and says, "As citizens feel safer, conditions will be set for the resumption and improvement of basic services."
Duh, how does he figure that citizens will "feel safer"? From what I read, 50,000 Iraqis a month are fleeing the country, as I have previously pointed out. Among those leaving Iraq are the blue-collar technicians who used to run the "basic services." At this rate, there won't be anybody left in the country to vote for the new, unified, and harmonious government, much less "improve" what's left of a country and oil industry in freaking ruins.
President Bush continues - against every standard of sane or reasoned thinking - to hope against hope for some kind of victory in Iraq, any victory, even going so far as to grudgingly start talking about "benchmarks."
However, let's make one thing perfectly clear: the only benchmark that really counts for Bush and his neo-con cabal (and plenty of Democrats are secretly in agreement with these thugs) is the "oil law," and remember, when push comes to shove - fuck "victory" - it's still all about the oil.