As Bush is running out of legal time his destruction is on such a fast track we can not cover it or keep up with it let alone have the time to focus on a problem before another one replaces it as the current crisis but let me focus on the stories today highlighting the growing failure in Iraq! While McCain brags of success in Iraq while warning that Democrats will not continue it the facts prove he's a liar and an Iraq war Vet correctly warns of the war monger McCain!
Roger Martinez, who served as an Army ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq, noted in the Democrats' weekly radio address that President Bush endorsed McCain this week. Bush said McCain "won't flinch in the face of danger" and McCain strongly supports the U.S. efforts in Iraq. Electing a leader who would continue Bush's policies in Iraq would be a mistake, Martinez said. "Our country and our armed services cannot afford another leader like President Bush who would keep our overstretched military in Iraq for 100 years while ignoring the other threats our country faces both at home and around the world." McCain has said that U.S. troops could be in Iraq for many years if those troops were no longer being injured or killed. "I honor and thank John McCain for his years of military service to our country," said Martinez, who is studying at the University of Texas at San Antonio. "But I don't think he offers the right leadership on Iraq or understands how to reinvigorate our economy here at home."
* Martinez said U.S. troops are fighting bravely, "but no matter what they do they cannot solve the political problems in Iraq." The next commander in chief needs to promise to make the fight against al-Qaida in Afghanistan a greater priority than the war in Iraq, Martinez said.McCain has acknowledged that he must convince voters of the wisdom of defense of the Iraq war, and the increase of troops that has improved conditions there. The Arizona senator has said that both leading Democrats in the presidential race want to abandon Iraq to al-Qaida. Martinez said McCain also is out of touch with families like his own. "He says the economy is strong but how can he not see that families like mine are struggling to pay for out-of-control health care costs, home heating bills, gasoline and college tuition," Martinez said.
Warnings on McCain from Iraq war Veteran
There is no wisdom of staying in Iraq. Doing so will change nothing at home and would only ensure keeping us in the middle east until an excuse is found to spread this new world order Forever War! With that in mind death and violence as expected is back on the increase! The U.S. military said on Sunday a recent increase in bombings was not the start of a wider trend in Iraq and violence had decreased overall. U.S. military spokesman Rear Admiral Greg Smith said he did not think recent security gains were being reversed. "I would not look at the last few weeks as an increase or a trend, but there has been a sporadic series of events that ... have resulted in significant loss of life," Smith told a news conference. Smith said the spate of recent attacks needed to be compared with a year ago, when thousands of civilians were dying in sectarian violence between majority Shiites and minority Sunni Arabs, with U.S. troops also suffering heavy casualties. This is success?
This guy must be a Republican for McCain. Don't compare it to Bush's created violence compare it to peace! Speaking of peace who is stealing the oil and the oil money? Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and John Warner, R-Virginia, said in their Friday letter to the Government Accountability Office that Iraq has "tremendous resources" in banks worldwide but is doing little to improve security and reconstruction efforts. Iraqi officials did not immediately respond to the senators' allegations. "We believe that it has been overwhelmingly U.S. taxpayer money that has funded Iraq reconstruction over the last five years, despite Iraq earning billions of dollars in oil revenue over that time period that have ended up in non-Iraqi banks," wrote the senators, who are their party's top members on the Armed Services Committee.
The senators cited testimony of then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz who told a House subcommittee in March 2003 that the U.S. would not foot the entire bill for rebuilding Iraq. Wolfowitz predicted then that Iraq's oil revenues could reach between $50 billion and $100 billion in the next two or three years. "We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon," Wolfowitz said in 2003.
Using numbers from the U.S. State Department and Iraqi Oil Ministry, the senators said Iraq hopes to produce 2.2 million barrels of oil a day this year. Weekly averages suggest that the number has climbed as high as 2.51 million barrels a day. That kind of oil production could earn Iraq a projected $56.4 billion this year, an estimate the senators say is low given the rising cost of crude. "In essence, we believe that Iraq will accrue at least $100.0 billion in oil revenues in 2007 and 2008," the letter said. It added, "Our conversations with both Iraqis and Americans during our frequent visits to Iraq, as well as official government and unofficial media reports, have convinced us that the Iraqi government is not doing nearly enough to provide essential services and improve the quality of life of its citizens." Where is Iraq's oil money?
Better production then than the overly optimistic predictions and where the hell is the money! Oil is energy isn't it? Hugh Sykes BBC News, Baghdad: I am writing this looking at a smart color graph that has been sent to the BBC bureau in Baghdad by the US Department of State. It is part of what they call the Weekly Essential Indicators report. The graph shows the demand for electricity across the country compared with the supply. Over the past year, supply has never even got near meeting the demand. Seventy per cent was the very best, but that was exceptional and coincided with the autumn, when the weather is warm and pleasant here and people use their air conditioners and fans less than they do in the searing heat of the summer. And, they have not yet switched on their heaters for the cold desert nights of winter.
On the graph, the supply line mostly hovers around 55% and dips below 50 several times. That is for the whole country and supply to Baghdad is pitiful. Hours and hours go by without mains electricity, then it suddenly will be available for a short time and go dead again. If they can afford to, Iraqis buy generators and the fuel for them. There are massive machines in back gardens roaring almost incessantly. Prescient entrepreneurs have bought old diesel engines which they use to generate power which they sell to the rest of the neighborhood, through tangles of colored cables stretching anarchically over walls and down streets. fueling Baghdad's energy crisis
The Iraqi Government can not and will not even provide security for one single project let alone provide security for the oil industry. That is not to speak of the increasing never to go away danger, lower living standards than the much maligned saddam Hussein provided still not able to consistently supply even the basic human needs. Oh yeah and let's not forget the still developing middle east breakdown and the 2 million permanent nomadic immigrants that will also spread around the middle east.
This is the success McCain is somehow able to run on and promises to duplicate if elected. No one can take any more of this so called success!