From the Department of Batshit Crazy, we have this from a commenter over at Kevin Drum's place:
Our goal is to establish a functioning democracy in Iraq, and that is what the surge will accomplish. We shouldn't leave before then.
As for putting more resources into Pakistan and Afghanistan - those countries are already democracies, and don't need our help.
Posted by: Al on May 19, 2007 at 10:59 PM | PERMALINK
That's in response to this from the LATimes:
A major CIA effort launched last year to hunt down Osama bin Laden has produced no significant leads on his whereabouts, but has helped track an alarming increase in the movement of Al Qaeda operatives and money into Pakistan's tribal territories, according to senior U.S. intelligence officials familiar with the operation.
. . . The officials were charged with reinvigorating a search that had atrophied when some U.S. intelligence assets and special forces teams were pulled out of Afghanistan in 2002 to prepare for the war with Iraq.
This has been another expample of taking one's eye off the ball, GWBush-style.