Monday, January 14, 2008
Iraqi official counts to ten (more years of U.S. help)
Iraq's defense minister said Monday that his nation would not be able to take full responsibility for its internal security until 2012, The New York Times reports, and not be able on its own to defend Iraq’s borders from external threat until at least 2018. "Those comments from the minister, Abdul Qadir, were among the most specific public projections of a timeline for the American commitment in Iraq by officials in either Washington or Baghdad," writes Thom Shanker for Tuesday's paper. "And they suggested a longer commitment than either government had previously indicated.
"Pentagon officials expressed no surprise at Mr. Qadir’s projections, which were even less optimistic than those he made last year." Surprise? The war hawks all want to stay that long or, in the case of McCain, 50 years or -- why not? -- a hundred?