They threw some “redeployment” in there to assuage Murtha and the rest of the Democrats are still demanding deadlines for declaring defeat and heading for the exit. That’s sure to impress others who are or are considering allying themselves with us. They might want to consider whether they want to join the parade of people abandoned by America since the end of WWII, the last war we actually won.
Dictators and tyrants can heave a sigh of relief. Since many have decided that Saddam was undeserving of being overthrown despite his record of murder and repression against his own people and the attacks on his neighbors there is no longer anything that they could do that would bring outside interference. They can merrily massacre their political opponents and various and sundry others without a care. “Never again” has become “Well, maybe they had it coming.” and stability is the name of the game. If it is achieved by mass murder? Well, eggs and omelets you know. Exactly how this is going to keep America safe is not clear to me. Weakness invites attack. We’ll be viewed as a wounded gazelle by the jackals of the world, and while they might not have the strength necessary to attack us directly they have seen how we can be brought down by PC handwringers and handmaidens in the news media.
After Vietnam is was revealed that some of the locals that were “helping out” the news media were actually North Vietnamese plants. They made sure our reporters talked to the people that the VC wanted them to and got the stories that put the South Vietnamese and the Americans in the worst light. No direct leading, just nudging them in the direction they wanted them to go. And go they did.
It appears that the same thing is happening in Iraq as well as other Middle Eastern locations. Our fearless news reporters, when they venture forth from their hotels in the Green Zone, are taken where they will get the stories that the “insurgents” want them to have, and given people to interview that are presented as credible sources. The problem is, how does an American reporter know that the Iraqi he was talking to is actually who he says he is? Not a problem I guess. If he says something bad about how the war is going, that is credibility enough. So the reporter scurries back to the Green Zone and files a breathless story of mass executions and rising violence that serves to weaken American and Iraqi resolve even further. Again, no outright lies, though there does seem to be a problem, but a definite nudge in the direction that will serve the purposes of the Jihadis and “insurgents”.