Either way, he's going to piss a lot of people off! Imagine the outrage of those who have struggled for so long and the families of dead soldiers if we pull out too soon and have to start all over again. Imagine the outrage from the liberal left when Obama says we must continue doing what we're going now and not withdraw until some "unknown" date. Of course, they'll stand behind his decision... even if it's the exact decision President Bush has made or would make. Hypocrisy is a nasty, filthy word.
Milestone in Baghdad
The barbarism in Mumbai and the economic crisis at home have largely overshadowed an otherwise singular event: the ratification of military and strategic cooperation agreements between Iraq and the United States.
For the United States, this represents the single most important geopolitical advance in the region since Henry Kissinger turned Egypt from a Soviet client into an American ally. If we don't blow it with too hasty a withdrawal from Iraq, we will have turned a chronically destabilizing enemy state at the epicenter of the Arab Middle East into an ally.
True, the war is not over. As Gen. David Petraeus repeatedly insists, our (belated) successes in Iraq are still fragile. There has already been an uptick in terror bombings, which will undoubtedly continue as what's left of al-Qaeda, the Sadrist militias and the Iranian-controlled "special groups" try to disrupt January's provincial elections.
This is a cute little photo analyst of the WORST CONGRESS EVER.
$165 Billion: Budget deficit, fiscal 2007
$1000 Billion: Budget deficit, fiscal 2009 (estimated)
4.5%: Unemployment rate: November 2006
6.7%: Unemployment rate: Today.
$50 Trillion: Net worth of the United States, November 2006
$44 Trillion: Net worth of the United States: Today.
12,157: Dow, November 2006
8,600: Dow, Today.