Such will be the shock of many Americans who only get their news from cable when the surge is acknowledged as coming apart — your 24 hour news source for all white middle-aged pundits’ views on edited YouTube clips of black ministers. It will be in the 54th minute of "The Situation Room", just before Wolf asks Jack Cafferty if he saw the latest Britney Spears news?

But if you actually read articles from McClatchy, easily the most accurate of sources in this country on Iraq the last five plus years you read this:

Is ‘success’ of U.S. surge in Iraq about to unravel?

A cease-fire critical to the improved security situation in Iraq appeared to unravel Monday when a militia loyal to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al Sadr began shutting down neighborhoods in west Baghdad and issuing demands of the central government.

Simultaneously, in the strategic southern port city of Basra, where Sadr’s Mahdi militia is in control, the Iraqi government launched a crackdown in the face of warnings by Sadr’s followers that they’ll fight government forces if any Sadrists are detained. By 1 a.m. Arab satellite news channels reported clashes between the Mahdi Army and police in Basra.

Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but the best rug stores in Baghdad are in malls controlled by the Mahdi Army, so it’s a good thing Lindsey Graham stocked up.

But what would a pending new disaster piled on top of the old disasters be without what passes for words of wisdom from Dear Leader and a prompt look at its comparison to reality?

As the U.S. military recorded its 4,000th death in Iraq…President Bush spoke about the death toll, saying, "One day, people will look back at this moment in history and say, ‘Thank God there were courageous people willing to serve, because they laid the foundations for peace for generations to come.’ "

Even as he spoke, the situation on the ground was rapidly worsening.

There is virtually no factual claim for which there is not a metaphorical rake for Bush to step on. This would be mildly amusing if he were not President and McCain not dedicated to the same disastrous policies…turned up to "11".



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