Monday, July 16, 2007

Play Mythy for me

Finally—a quick and easy way to bypass all those confusing and conflicting reports about the Iraq War. The White House has issued a handy bullet-point list that identifies the top 13 myths—why 13? I haven't a clue—about the Iraq War and rebuts them with facts, "facts," assertions, and some wishful thinking.
Iraq Fact Check: Responding to Key Myths

1. MYTH: The war “is lost.”
2. MYTH: U.S. troops in Iraq are not fighting al Qaeda terrorists, just policing a Shiite vs. Sunni “civil war.”
3. MYTH: The U.S. is playing “whack-a-mole” in Iraq.
4. MYTH: The U.S. has an indefinite commitment in Iraq and should shift to training Iraqi troops.
5. MYTH: Setting a timeline and pulling troops out of Iraq regardless of conditions on the ground would be a responsible end to the conflict and/or would put needed pressure on Iraq’s government.
6. MYTH: Gen. Petraeus does not believe the U.S. military can make a difference in Iraq.
7. MYTH: U.S. troops are “arming” Sunni insurgents in Iraq.
8. MYTH: Timelines and dates for withdrawal are consistent with the views of outsiders like the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group.
9. MYTH: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki is an agent of Iran and/or Muqtada al Sadr.
10. MYTH: U.S. troops are sent to Iraq without proper training, equipment, or rest.
11. MYTH: Iraqis are going on a two-month holiday and are not defending their own country.
12. MYTH: Iraq’s Parliament passed a resolution calling for U.S. forces to leave.
13. MYTH: The U.S. is in Iraq only because of Congress’s 2002 resolution authorizing the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime.
whackTo briefly summarize, the White House rebuttals for Myths Nos. 1 through 13 are as follows: no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, and no.

Don't bother laminating the complete list, however. Both the facts and the "facts" are subject to change without notice.

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