He's back, sounding almost reasonable (No link. Lambert's rule: DCOW*):
When we exit Iraq, it will not be a peaceful, democratic island in the troubled seas of a despotic Middle East. It may not even have an elected government if things continue the way they have in recent months as the insurgents and terrorists have ratcheted up the violence to unbearable levels in order to give the Democrats ammunition in the upcoming November elections. Nor will it necessarily be a willing partner in our war against Islamism.
Well. First, note the ever present straw man. I will deconstruct: The insurgents and terrorists have ratcheted up the violence in order to give the Democrats ammunition.
Right, of course. The insurgents and terrorists are on MoveOn's, John Kerry's, Howard Dean's, and Brad Friedman's email lists. That's how we order them to ratchet up their activity. They would never have thought to do that on their own, no sirree bob.
But the best is yet to come (I hear a song coming on):
But it will not be a threat. It will not have WMD’s. And it will not have Saddam Hussein running the country. This is why, despite all the gleeful rhetoric emanating from the left and from the media about an Iraq “defeat,” there are already benchmarks in place that we can point to that constitute a “victory” for the United States in Iraq. The fact that our enemies, the Democratic party, the western press, and even some conservatives will lament our “defeat” in Iraq doesn’t mean that they are correct or that the judgement of history will bear out their analysis.
Nope, no threat indeed.
Not with Moqtada al Sadr running things, his Mahdi Army in control of Amarah and acting as death squads, killing Sunnis.
Not with the Badr Brigade of Abdul Aziz splitting with the Mahdi Army and really going wild.
Not with Al Qaeda in Iraq vowing to "increase [their] persistence in continuing holy war so that the word of God will be supreme."
Not with Al Qaeda leader Atiyah Abd al-Rahman stating: "The most important thing is that the jihad continues with steadfastness ... indeed, prolonging the war is in our interest."
Not with the 2006 National Intelligence Estimate saying that "The Iraq conflict has become the 'cause celebre' for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement." (Note: PDF file)
Nope. That will be victory, says Rick. Clap harder, Tinkerbell. The judgement of history will prove you delusional, not that you'll notice.
*Lambert's Law: Don't click on wingnuts.