Opinion-Editorials are Like Dicks: Everyone’s Is Different
From the New York Times Week In Review, Sunday November 20
“The training of Iraqi troops has been going well. Authoritative investigators like Jack Keane, the retired Army general, report that the Iraqi troops are becoming effective fighters and their morale is high.”
David Brooks, page 12
“Martha Raddatz of ABC News reported that “only about 700 Iraqi troops” could operate independent of the U.S. military, 27,000 more could take a lead role in combat “only with strong support” from our forces and the rest of the 200,000-odd trainees suffered from a variety of problems, from equipment shortages to an inability to “wake up when told” or follow orders.
Frank Rich, page 13
“Re-enlistment rates are high because most American troops believe they can create a better Iraq.”
“Our own… military forces … are falling short of recruitment goals across the board by as much as two-thirds.”
“Almost all the experts believe that after 18 months of incompetence, the U.S. is getting its act together.”
“The war is lost both as a political matter at home and a practical matter in Iraq.”
…And they wonder why the public is confused.