Sunday, December 17, 2006

Smile and grin at the change all around

"Meet the new boss,
same as the old boss"

From Faux News we have this:

Bush Vows to Keep U.S. Troops in Iraq to Support Iraqi PM Al-Maliki

AMMAN, Jordan — President Bush said Thursday the United States will speed a turnover of security responsibility to Iraqi forces but assured Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that Washington is not looking for a "graceful exit" from a war well into its fourth violent year.

That's this al-Maliki:

Iraq's prime minister reached out to Sunni Arabs at a national reconciliation conference on Saturday, urging Saddam Hussein-era officers to join the new army and a review of the ban against members of the former dictator's ruling party.

That's these Ba'ath Party guys:

With these Ba'ath membership documents:

I wonder how that makes these guys feel:

Meanwhile, we know how these soldiers feel:
For the first time since Vietnam, an organized, robust movement of active-duty US military personnel has publicly surfaced to oppose a war in which they are serving. Those involved plan to petition Congress to withdraw American troops from Iraq.

After appearing only seven weeks ago on the Internet, the Appeal for Redress, brainchild of 29-year-old Navy seaman Jonathan Hutto, has already been signed by nearly 1,000 US soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, including dozens of officers--most of whom are on active duty. Not since 1969, when some 1,300 active-duty military personnel signed an open letter in the New York Times opposing the war in Vietnam, has there been such a dramatic barometer of rising military dissent.

I think we should listen to what they say, and stop listening to these guys: