http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/01/06/MNG2VALREG1.DTLKerry...was greeted warmly by U.S. soldiers in Baghdad...Hmmmmmmm, we left that part of the story out.He declined to compare the growing insurgency with the one he faced in South Vietnam as a Navy gunship lieutenant more than three decades ago. But he insisted that superior firepower alone wouldn't quell the uprising disrupting Iraq. "No insurgency is defeated by conventional military power alone," he said. "Look at the IRA," the Irish Republican Army, which fought a decadeslong guerrilla war against the British in Northern Ireland before a Catholic- Protestant power-sharing government was put in place. "It was defeated by a combination of time and political negotiation."Yup. And firepower didn't work in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan (for the Russians), and it's not working in a laundry list of countries with major insurgency problems including Indoenisa, Phillipines, and Sri Lanka. But we can't learn anything from history - or the fact that US casualties grow month over month, Iraqi civilian casualties are growing month over month, even top government officials aren't safe. Seems we left that part of the story out too.U.S. soldiers approached Kerry inside the restaurant of the Rashid Hotel, asking him to pose for photographs and sign T-shirts...Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, left that part out too. No mention yet of demoralized soldiers.Kerry was scheduled to fly on a C-130 military transport plane today to visit troops in Fallujah and Mosul.Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, when is our Commander In Chief going to do the same thing? Fly to Baghdad, Fallujah, Mosul - I mean things are SO safe and going so well, and Bush hasn't visited his pet project in over 14 months.The senator said he was more interested in asking questions of soldiers, U.S. officials, Iraqis and even the journalists themselves instead of rehashing the political battles of the past campaign season.But clearly, LurkerMom and neoCONs aren't."What is sad about what's happening here now is that so much of it is a process of catching up from the enormous miscalculations and wrong judgments made in the beginning," he said. "And the job has been made enormously harder." He added, however, that it was time to move forward. "Mistakes have been made," he said. "Now, it's a different time and different set of judgments that have to be made. I'm here to make judgments about what moves are available to us."And anyone who doesn't believe that serious, huge, mistakes haven't been made in Iraq, and admitted by the top officials calling the shots there - you're living in a dream land...Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...the SFC story takes on a whole new meaning when you actually read it, instead of being fed one soundbite taken out of context. But neoCONs do that sooooo well.
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