Feb. 7, 2003 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, to U.S. troops in Aviano, Italy: "It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months."
Or perhaps this not long after?
March 4, 2003 Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a breakfast with reporters: "What you'd like to do is have it be a short, short conflict. . . . Iraq is much weaker than they were back in the '90s," when its forces were routed from Kuwait.
Oh, and don't forget this!
March 11, 2003 Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars: "The Iraqi people understand what this crisis is about. Like the people of France in the 1940s, they view us as their hoped-for liberator."
And then sadly but predictably, the walk back begins......
John McCain has been a major proponent of the current course we are on in Iraq (the "surge") and seems to have no problem with the situation remaining the same for years to come. His statement at the beginning of the Petraeus hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee last April 8th makes me wonder if he is really having some serious senior moments (he is pretty old) or whether he is just a hard-headed stubborn guy unwilling to ever admit mistakes just like the current occupier of the White House. (For the record, I think both types are extremely dangerous as leaders.)
So, Senator McCain, how do you view the situation in Iraq?
But today it is possible to talk with real hope and optimism about the future of Iraq and the outcome of our efforts there. For while the job of bringing security to Iraq is not finished, as the recent fighting in Basra and elsewhere vividly demonstrated, we're no longer staring into the abyss of defeat and we can now look ahead to the genuine prospect of success.
So, Senator, what exactly do you interpret "success" in Iraq to be?
Success, the establishment of a peaceful, stable, prosperous democratic state that poses no threats to its neighbors and contributes to the defeat of terrorists -- this success is within reach.
What? Senator, can you be a little more vague? If success is that ambiguous than the United States isn't even a success.
Happy Monday, everyone. I just wanted to let you know about something cool that happened over the weekend up in the PA-05.
As I hope many of you know, Bill Cahir, one of the three Democrats running for the open seat, is in the Marine Corps Reserve. He's obligated to drill one weekend a month and two weeks every year, and this past weekend was his turn. He put his commitment ahead of his campaign (which I always respect) and reported for duty.
Keep reading below the fold to read what Bill's staff and volunteers did while he was at drill.