It would be really easy to question the patriotism of the person making this statement, but darned if I can get past questioning their sanity (via Ace).
Well, the purpose of the surge was to provide a secure space, a time for the political change to occur to accomplish the reconciliation. That didn't happen. Whatever the military success, and progress that may have been made, the surge didn't accomplish its goal.I would love to dismiss the statement above as yet another absurd comment from yet another anti-war, anti-troop whiner grasping at any explanation, regardless how ridiculous, to diminish the success of American troops in Iraq. I would love to just completely ignore it, but since the statement is from the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, that is hard to do. The comment leaves me both outraged and incredulous. When I consider the very real possibility that Pelosi and those who think like her could control all branches of government beginning in 2009, including foreign policy and national defense, I am horrified.
And some of the success of the surge is that the goodwill of the Iranians-they decided in Basra when the fighting would end, they negotiated that cessation of hostilities-the Iranians.