So much for John McCain’s Strategy for Victory in Iraq.
In an interview with BBC News, Gen. David Petraeus said there will be No victory in Iraq, at least in his view. Responding to a question from the BBC interviewer, Petraeus, said “that he will never declare victory there.”
Interviewer: Do you think you’ll ever use the word victory about Iraq?
Petraeus: I don’t know if I will. I think that all of us at different times have recognized need for real restraint in our assessments, in our pronouncements, if you will, and we have tried to be very brutally honest and forthright in what we have provided to Congress, to the press, to ourselves… In fact, we said that you have to be first with truth…
Does anyone want to tell McCain? (I’m not going to touch upon the blatant distortions Petraeus has made about the situation in Iraq, but AntiWar News does so briefly: Iraq War Will Never End in Victory.)
According to The Guardian, Petraeus warns of long struggle ahead for US in Iraq. “Petraeus adopted a cautious tone in his interview with BBC’s Newsnight, saying he did not know that he would ever use the word ‘victory’.”
“This is not the sort of struggle where you take a hill, plant the flag and go home to a victory parade,” he said. “It’s not war with a simple slogan.”
Yeah… I know. For the McCain campaign touting the “surge”, I remind them of this McClatchy Newspaper story from Tuesday, Experts: Bush’s Iraq withdrawal small because gains are, too. Bush will leave office with the “surge” fully still in place. Not until February 2009, one month later, does the U.S. begin the troop withdraw.
Four at Four continues with no bid oil contracts in Iraq, Pakistan’s reaction to U.S. military action within their country’s borders, and how Obama’s fighting back against McCain and the Republicans.