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    bailing out the hedge funds..., 2007-08-16 01:08:55 | Main | and an o'buermann home distillery..., 2007-08-17 14:33:28

    head in the clouds, where progress happens:

    I keep hearing about this particular piece of schlock:

    Despite Bush's repeated statements that the [September] report will reflect evaluations by Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, administration officials said it would actually be written by the White House, with inputs from officials throughout the government.

    I knew a bully in junior high who used to alternatively threaten and bribe me to write his book reports for him, so I can totally relate to the poor, victimized nerds at the White House being pushed around by the Big Bad General in this way.

    "There were some in the drafting of the report that said, 'Well, we can claim progress,' " the administration official said. "There were others who said: 'Wait a second. Sure we can claim progress, but it's not credible to . . . just neglect the fact that it's had no effect on the ground.' "

    If it's had no effect on the ground our range of options for observing this progress certainly have been restricted to, well, basically Not Iraq. Since the assignment was progress on Iraq, reporting on the progress in Not Iraq would seem sure to earn a failing grade. Lucky for the Big Bad General the grade inflation in Washington is out of control.


:: posted by buermann @ 2007-08-16 09:16:15 CST | link





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