The Associated Press has revealed that the progress report on Iraq will prove what we’ve known all along: Iraq is a failure. Socially, politically, and economically, this report will apparently spell out for President in the clearest terms possible that the Nouri al-Maliki government has not been up to task, and for that regime’s incompetence, our troops have been needlessly paying the price in blood. Here we are, in the first week of July, and already we have witnessed the deaths of 29 more soldiers and we have witnessed the deaths of more than 200 Iraqi’s. Will this finally be the tipping point?
If not, the report will undoubtedly speed up the process a bit. An official close to the White House, speaking on a condition of anonymity, stated that the September 15 “pivot point” that Bush heralded just two months prior will no longer seem appropriate after the full release of this report. Republican support has also withered in recent weeks, providing Democrats with more ammunition when the next round of war funding inevitably comes up – if the Democratic leadership is up for the challenge, that is.
More news on this as it breaks.