Even so, Steve Hadly is still blowing smoke up our skirts about how well it's going. Speaking in halftruths is a Rovian specialty.
Have a look:
"We have not failed in Iraq," Stephen Hadley said as he made the talk show rounds. "We will fail in Iraq if we pull out our troops before we're in a position to help the Iraqis succeed."We have not failed? But it sure isn't going well. The second sentence is not really one hundred percent true, now is it? Can they really predict what will happen if we pull out in an intelligent and well though out way? Nope. And I thought the W, Rove and Co was unwilling to predict outcomes or the future based on hypotheticals.
But he added: "The president understands that we need to have a way forward in Iraq that is more successful."
Sure the above statements aren't completely true, but they aren't completely false as well. Even so, they don't get us to a solution about Iraq sooner than later. But what of the meeting between W and the Iraqi Primeminister?
"It's unconscionable," he said. "It's an effort to embarrass those two leaders. It could have cast a pall over this meeting."Well, I don't think it is possible to cast a pall over anytying if the participants in some meeting aren't already doing so themselves.
But do you think that the Iraq Study Group is going to yield any concret changes and toward a more powerful and positive solution for Iraq?
"Nothing has changed," said Sen. Dianne Feinstei, D-Calif., about the president. "He said he'll continue to be flexible. But he hasn't been flexible. He doesn't listen. And that's just a fact."