Friday, June 22, 2007

Pentagon Weaving More Tall Tales

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Pentagon says U.S. combat forces in Iraq may be ”reduced by spring.” No, really:
Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon from his headquarters outside Baghdad, Odierno gave an update on the U.S. offensives under way in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad and in areas south and west of the capital. He said U.S. and Iraqi troops have made important progress.

"I think if everything goes the way it's going now, there's a potential that by the spring we will be able to reduce forces, and Iraq security forces could take over," Odierno said. "It could happen sooner than that."

Ha, that’s a good one. Reminds me of the time in January 2006 when President Bush announced U.S. combat forces in Iraq and Afghanistan would be reduced because of improving security. Or the time in June 2006 when they announced the same thing.

Or, in December 2005.

Or wait, remember that time in April 2005 when Fox News announced U.S. commanders were “so pleased with events in Iraq” that troops would be coming home soon? That was so great.

{banging head on desk ...}