Tuesday, September 11, 2007


First line of the Washington Post's editorial on Petraeus, Crocker and Iraq:
GEN. DAVID H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker testified yesterday that the surge of U.S. forces in Iraq has led to military and political progress and that ultimate success in the mission is possible.
That's pretty much the whole case. Success is possible. How possible? The Post doesn't say. But we all know that, except for violating the laws of physics, anything is possible. It's possible Bin Laden will turn himself in at CIA headquarters next Thursday. It's possible that every Muslim in Saudi Arabia will convert to Mormonism. It's even possible that Bill Kristol will renounce neocon-ism and denounce Rupert Murdoch. But let's get serious. When the argument is that success is possible, you've got a losing hand. It's possible I'll fill this inside straight with a Jack, even though three are already up on the table. So cover me on this bet.


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