Assessing Sunday Morning TV ~ 25% is Not Terrible
Hugh seems to have missed this report, issued last week by the Government Accountability Office. (Summery here.) The report finds that yes, violence is down in Iraq, while noting the significant costs in military commitment as well as the multiple causes for the decline in violence. But it also concludes that:
(1) Despite some progress, in Iraq, "the security environment remains volatile and dangerous."The report then recommends that BushCo articulate a new strategy for Iraq aimed at accomplishing, well, ... accomplishing what the surge was supposed to have accomplished in the first place.
(2) The Iraqis remain light years away from being able to assume responsibility for their own security.
(3) Progress on political and constitutional matters in Iraq is, politely, lacking.
(4) The Iraqis are not coming close to funding the social and physical reconstruction of their country.
In short, even if we were to overstate the extent to which it has worked on the military dimension, "the surge" - which was, after all, intended to underwrite the process of social, political and physical reconstruction - can be said to be "working" only if you are willing to wholly dismiss the GAO report. Hugh Hewitt, in other words, is a bullshitter. Having said that, there seems only to have been one bullshitter among the four members of the panel this morning and that, I suppose, is not bad for a network talking heads show.
* What's wrong with Ralph? See the earlier posts here and here.
** On this theme see these earlier posts.