It's a shame those two don't get along. Images of Hillary and Nouri from "Hillary Clinton's Iraq-Afghanistan photo album," mid-January 2007, photoshopped into the clip-on sunglasses of Tuck's "Senor Hand," who made a surprise visit to the studio this morning.
"If it seems odd that members of a bitterly divisive and relatively do-nothing Congress should criticize the Iraqi government for similar flaws," writes Neo-Neocon with ironic understatement in "Finessing the surge" -- a Pajamas Media must-read analysis of how the Beltway mind works -- "it’s just another example of the human tendency to counsel 'do as I say, not as I do'”:
But something funny happened on the way to General Petraeus’s September 2007 report to Congress: the surge begin to work.
And now the Democrats face a different prospect if the trend continues: they may have to acknowledge that they were wrong in opposing the surge (in certain cases, in writing it off before it truly began). They might even lose the 2008 election as a result. Or, if victorious, they would have to make tough decisions about how to prosecute the rest of the war. If the latter occurs they will, ironically, find themselves in what might be called “the Nixon position” -- that is, they’ll have to decide how to finish a difficult war that another party’s administration began.
We're not normally a big fan of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's but can't help nodding in agreement with his exasperated response yesterday to uppity Democrats' calling for his ouster:
“There are American officials who consider Iraq as if it were one of their villages, for example Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin . . . This is severe interference in our domestic affairs.”
Had he been doing his homework on the woman who would be Leader of the Free World, Mr. al-Maliki would have realized that for Hillary "It Takes a Village" Clinton, not only Iraq, but the entire world is her village.