[S]ome U.S. Army officers now talk more sympathetically about former insurgents than they do about their ostensible allies in the Shiite-led central government. “It is painful, very painful,” dealing with the obstructionism of Iraqi officials, said Army Lt. Col. Mark Fetter.
I’m hearing several things in that statement:
- The surge failed to produce results as advertised.
- The US Army did what it was told — don’t blame them for this mess.
- The politicians — Iraqi, US, as usual — screwed this thing up.
If victory was ever in the cards, it was going to be dealt out by a democratic Iraqi government that was on our side. That isn’t going to happen now.
Why are we even still there?