Thursday, July 20, 2006
The Republican Iraq Shift
With midterm elections coming up, it’s no surprise that .

Republicans and some conservative Democrats who have backed the president's call to stay the course are finding it increasingly difficult to square their generally optimistic rhetoric with the grim situation on the ground in Baghdad and other cities.

"This escalating trend . . . represents the greatest danger to Iraq as it threatens to erode the government's authority," Ashraf Qazi, the U.N. envoy to Baghdad, said in a statement. "The emerging phenomenon of Iraqis killing Iraqis on a daily basis is nothing less than a catastrophe."

But it is the nature of the violence that may be forcing Republicans and some Democrats to temper their public assertions about the war -- even as they insist that the administration cannot pull out without precipitating an even worse situation. Masked attackers wielding heavy machine guns have killed Shiite mothers and children in a market and hauled Sunnis off buses to be slaughtered in broad daylight. A suicide car bomber killed 53 Tuesday in Baghdad after he beckoned a crowd of day laborers to his explosives-laden minivan.

Basically, it has become impossible for Republicans to seem optimistic about the war and get reelected. The general voting population cannot be fooled by Iraq war rhetoric - they know what’s going on, and they don’t like it.

As the civil war in Iraq continues on and American citizens realize that we fucked up, I seriously doubt that the current Iraq plan - staying there and getting killed, indefinitely - will last. We will see a shift, probably a troop withdrawal (with a “this is because the situation on the ground dictates it… not because we are giving in” tag stapled to it), in the near future.

Or maybe I’m just being optimistic.

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