Well, it's official. Getting out of Iraq is now exclusively the next president's problem.
That hasn't been in doubt for years.
They refused to acknowledge that reasonable people might disagree with them.
And, as they demonstrated yesterday and in their testimony last September, no matter what the situation on the ground, they are able to use it as an argument for staying the course.
They're under orders and thus not able to tell the truth, which is the overarching feature of Bush administration policy. When one lies, the other swears to it.
"But the bottom line was that there was no bottom line.
On ABC's World News, Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulous summed up yesterday's testimony this way:
Gibson: "George, did anything change today?"
Stephanopoulous: "Not much, Charlie. I think this was one, big exercise in kicking the can down the road."
MSNBC host Chris Matthews weighed in: "I didn't get anything out of it except that we're staying there indefinitely; there is no condition we can point to. Petraeus and Crocker never told us what to look for so we can know when we're getting close to the end of the tunnel. I was very dissatisfied by the hearings."
Yo, Tweety, listen up - if there is a light for the end of this tunnel, it will not be installed until 1.20.09, and nobody knows yet when it will be turned on.
"On the contrary, they cited the very problems that Bush created by his decision to invade Iraq -- an Al Qaeda presence and enhanced Iranian influence -- as requiring an indefinite U.S. military effort."
Not only will the War Criminal-in-Chief not admit defeat - and why should he, it ain't his ass going broke and getting shot at - but that pig-headed bastard won't admit his Dad is smarter than he is either.
Robert Scheer, writing in his syndicated opinion column, recalls the controversial " General Betray Us" ads run by Moveon.org last year: "By undercutting the widespread support for getting out of Iraq, Petraeus did indeed betray the American public, siding with an enormously unpopular president who wants to stay the course in Iraq for personal and political reasons that run contrary to genuine national security interests. Once again, the president is passing the buck to the uniformed military to justify continuing a ludicrous imperial adventure, and the good general has dutifully performed."
Watch Bush give Petraeus a Medal Of Honor before his term expires.
Here's the most disturbing part:
"Iran was the heart of the matter during Senate testimony on the war. With al-Qaeda on the run in Iraq, the Iranian threat has become the rationale for the mission, and also the explanation for our shortcomings. The Iranians are the reason we're bogged down in Iraq, and also the reason we can't pull out our troops. The mullahs in Tehran loom over the Iraq battlefield like a giant Catch-22."
Mission creep once more. Bush is the mission creep.
Much, much more.