Tuesday, April 08, 2008

We have a new enemy

General David Petraeus, the 3rd ranking US policymaker on Iraq (behind Bush and Cheney) just said --

unchecked, these [Iranian-backed] Special Groups pose the greatest threat to the long-term viability of Iraq.

This is the war that began about WMD and then became about al-Qaeda. Neither was in Iraq when the war began, and the latter is now, apparently, no longer a threat.

UPDATE: There's a new catchphrase from Ryan Crocker -- "post-kinetic development". Kinetic was one of those military words that George Bush thinks is really cool.

FINAL UPDATE: The exact Petraeus statement was --

Unchecked, the Special Groups pose the greatest long-term threat to the viability of a democratic Iraq.

Someone else notices the shift.

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