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  •  The Big Lie - extremists are the problem (2+ / 0-)
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    kurt, Cliss

    The big lie in Petraeus letter is that "extremists"
    stand in the way of the Iraqi government working.

    No.  Religious, ethnic and clan conflicts stand in the way of a working government.  The surge hasn't relieved those conflicts and its doubtful that it will. It is not small groups of extremists but structural faults in Iraqi society that make governing so difficult.  

    The places where the surge has reduced violence are essentially under martial law or leaders are paid off to be on the US side.  Is martial law and bribery the plan in perpetuity for Iraq?  Send Abramoff over to run the place.

    The Bush administration lies and fails then lies again to cover its failure.  

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