If you took seriously The Herald's reporting from Iraq, you'd think the latest stoush between Iran's surrogate Al Sadr and Iraq's security forces in Bazra signals the end of the world for Iraq.
'The 'surge' hasn't worked, it was an illusion' is the common theme.
But then, what would you expect when the sources are regular writers for Al Independent, Al Guardian and Al Reuters? A more deluded and demented bunch of Bush haters would be hard to find, even in the souks of Teheran. These guys write as though they know the inner workings of all the parties and players and then some.
Don't be surprised, therefore, to find both this morning's articles simply are both plain wrong.
The lead story on this morning's 0300 Radio Left Wing News tells the world that Al Sadr has ordered his forces to withdraw from Bazra and Baghdad so that negotiations may ensue.
It does not seem to occur to these poor leftist buggers who are so desperate for Iraq to disintegrate that the people on the ground there might just know a bit more than a gaggle of worn out shills for the enemy. The giveaway is found at odd places in their text where you will find (if you look hard) grudging admission that 'maybe General Petraeus knows something we don't.'
"...Or maybe Petraeus and Maliki know something about the weaknesses of the Mehdi army that nobody else does.."
You bet he does, fellers. So does Prime Minister Malarkey. They are not siting on their arses in London, writing junk.
Silly Philly also was crowing yesterday at 'the mess in Iraq.' Well, it looks like a pretty successful mess to those without an agenda for defeat.
Maybe it's time for Al phil to change his blog name to 'The Harbour Bridge' where his traffic counter seems to be lodged. Millions of hits/cars through the place each day but only one a week stops - and then it's only to have a break down.