Good Tuesday morning Fellow Seekers,
TheÃ‚Â NY Times story headlined “The White House Scales Back Talk of Iraq Progress” is so “Through the Looking Glass,” it could be published in the OnionÃ‚Â without changes.
As far as I can tell, utilizing only earthling powers of understanding, the White House has never committed itself to any measurable index of progress in Iraq –Ã‚Â certainly not anyÃ‚Â that might lead to any consequences whatsoever –Ã‚Â so it’s hard to seeÃ‚Â exactly how you can scale back expectations that have never been set.
By the home stretch of the article, you have Lewis Carroll, excuse me,Ã‚Â TimesmanÃ‚Â David Sanger, quoting a “senior American official who did not want to be identified because he was discussing internal White House deliberations,” allowing as how, if Defense Secretary Gates can get Prime MinisterÃ‚Â Nuri al-Maliki to keep the Iraqi Parliamentfrom taking aÃ‚Â taking a two-month summer break:
“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have some outputs then,” says theÃ‚Â unnamed (whom I suspect may be the Mad Hatter)Ã‚Â but then adds:Ã‚Â ”ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s different from having outcomes.”