Four months after President Bush launched his new Iraq strategy, the U.S. troop buildup there is proceeding apace, but feuding among Iraqi politicians and power brokers threatens to block the political reforms on which the success of the plan depends.
It's unfortunate that Iraq had this particular time in US political history as an example of how to run a Democracy because, you know, it seems as if they are emulating their exemplar.
"Democrats have spent four months spinning their wheels with partisan political exercises when we could have gotten the right thing done in one week," said House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican.
As they say in the child-rearing world, the child will attempt to imitate the parent, having them as their only example.
What kind of an example is Congress setting? Surly Congress can't demand of Iraq what they themselves are unable to do. I mean, what happened to the "100 day" benchmark they set for themselves? And what happened to their campaign to end the "culture of corruption"? It seems to me that what they really did was end the Republican culture of corruption and replaced it with their own.
Iraqis aren't used to dealing with political parties nor are they used to thinking about country over tribal affiliation.
And it seems Congress isn't either.
So why is our Congress asking more of their congress than our Congress can deliver?
I'm just sayin....