"Victory?" Forget it

Salon
by Sidney Blumenthal

05/25/06

Bush has been proclaiming Iraq at a turning point for years. 'Turning point' is a frequent and recurring talking point, often taken up by the full chorus of the president ('We've reached another great turning point,' Nov. 6, 2003; 'A turning point will come in less than two weeks,' June 18, 2004), vice president ('I think about when we look back and get some historical perspective on this period, I'll believe that the period we were in through 2005 was, in fact, a turning point,' Feb. 7, 2006), secretary of state and secretary of defense, and ringing down the echo chamber. This latest 'turning point' reveals an Iraqi state without a social contract, a government without a center, a prime minister without power and an American president without a strategy... [subscription or ad view required]

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