The Iraq Study group released their findings and recommendations yesterday...a report that not only "calls for direct engagement with Iran and Syria" (negotiating with terrorists?), but also counters military assessments.
"The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating. There is no path that can guarantee success, but the prospects can be improved."
So, now we are conceding in writing that winning is completely off the table?
As you know, I like to gauge things by my/our enemy's response to them... Let's see what the Jihadis had to say:
"The report proves that this is the era of Islam and of jihad," said Abu Ayman, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank town of Jenin.
The Islamic Jihad terror group is responsible for every suicide bombing in Israel during the past two years.
"[With the Iraq Study Group report], the Americans came to the conclusion that Islam is the new giant of the world and it would be clever to reduce hostilities with this giant. In the Quran the principle of the rotation is clear and according to this principle the end of the Americans and of all non-believers is getting closer," Abu Ayman said.
According to Abu Abdullah, a senior leader of Hamas' so-called military wing, Baker's report is a victory for Islam brought about by "Allah and his angels."
"It is not just a simple victory. It is a great one. The big superpower of the world is defeated by a small group of mujahedeen (fighters). Did you see the mujahedeens' clothes and weapons in comparison with the huge individual military arsenal and supply that was carrying every American soldier?" exclaimed Abu Abdullah, who is considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas' Izzedine al-Qassam Martyrs Brigades, Hamas' declared "resistance" department." (Read the entire Article
And for those that don't like the aforementioned source (ahem, Phillybits):
1) Syria "welcomes the report"
2) "The Middle East is too complex for America"
3) "Senior Iranian official told Reuters talks with the United States would have to include compromises, including US compromises on Tehran's nuclear programme."
...And, of course the front page headline on al Jazeera:
"Iraq report: US strategy failing"
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