Whither "Baghdad Harry"?
Actual Baghdad Bob quotes:
"Our initial assessment is that they will all die""IN ONE HOUR!" particularly cracks me up. It reminds of childhood boasts which we all remember, and which go something like this: I will show all of you the alligator in my bathtub, IN ONE HOUR!
"Faltering forces of infidels cannot just enter a country of 26 million people and lay besiege to them! They are the ones who will find themselves under siege."
"NO", snapped Mr al-Sahaf, "We have retaken the airport. There are NO Americans there. I will take you there and show you. IN ONE HOUR!"
"There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!"
Yet another milestone on political reconciliation has been met in Iraq. Earlier today, the National Assembly unanimously passed a law establishing provincial elections, one of the key indicators demanded by the US Congress to show progress in uniting Iraq under a democratic form of government.
That will finally allow local government to take some of the burden of management off of Baghdad and give tribes and communities a greater influence on day-to-day decisions, including rebuilding efforts.
One year after Hillary Clinton called General David Petraeus a liar for reporting that the surge had shown progress, the Iraqis have essentially met all of the benchmarks that Congress imposed as signs of political progress.