Hmmm. Let’s piece this all together now shall we? Boehner is on a media blitz with his shiny new buzzquote “mandatory surrender date for retreat”. He’s sending out emails to wingnuts. He’s getting on the radio with wingnuts. Hell, he is rumored to be traveling around in a Snap-On truck spreading wingnut cheer!

So enquiring minds might ask: Why?

Well, let’s see. Timing is everything. I just got a reminder from the ODP that yesterday marked a milestone.

On January 23, 2007, in an interview with CNN Congressional Correspondent Andrea Koppel, Republican Minority Leader John Boehner defended President Bush?s plan to escalate the war in Iraq, saying we?ll know in the first 90 days if the plan in working.

Times up John! Aha. That must be it. The old right-hand/left-hand deception trick. Make some noise so nobody will notice that it is time for you to explain precisely how your words of 1/23 jive with the reality of 4/24. Get it now? Much more in extended…John doesn’t want to explain his 60-90 day prediction because he’d have to fill you in on just today’s news:

DIYALA PROVINCE – A group linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb that killed nine U.S. soldiers and wounded 20 in one of the worst attacks on U.S. ground forces since the invasion in 2003.

RAMADI – A suicide truck bomb killed 25 people and wounded 44 in the Albufarraj area near the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi, 110 km (70 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – Mortar rounds killed four people and wounded 10 in eastern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – Two roadside bombs exploded in quick succession, killing one person and wounding two others, in Palestine Street in northeastern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – The son of the Electricity Ministry escaped an apparent assassination attempt when a bomb exploded inside his locker in a dentistry college in central Baghdad, police said. Two other students were wounded in the blast.

BAGHDAD – U.S. forces detained 10 insurgents and discovered a weapons cache in Baghdad, the U.S. military said. Those detained were suspected of working with al Qaeda in Iraq and facilitating foreign fighters near Falluja.

NASIRIYA – Three Australian soldiers were injured when an improvised explosive device hit their light armoured vehicle patrol near Nasiriya, 375 km (235 miles) southeast of Baghdad on Monday, the Australian military said.

BAQUBA – Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms attacked homes in a town near Baquba north of Baghdad, killing six and wounding 15, police said. Six houses were set on fire.

BAGHDAD – Two car bombs exploded in a parking lot in front of the Iranian embassy in Baghdad’s Salhiya neighbourhood, a Reuters photographer said. Police said four people were wounded. A total of four car bombs have exploded in the lot in the past 24 hours.

BAGHDAD – The bodies of 15 people were found shot in different districts of Baghdad on Monday, police said.

MOSUL – The bodies of five people were found shot in different districts of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

NEAR KERBALA – A roadside bomb targeting a joint Iraqi-U.S. patrol killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded four others near the holy city of Kerbala, 100 km south of Baghdad, on Monday, police said.

MUQDADIYA – A U.S. soldier died on Monday after a roadside bomb exploded near him in Muqdadiya, 90 km northeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

HILLA – A car bomb near a restaurant killed three people and wounded eight on Monday in Hilla, 100 km south of Baghdad, police said.

Again, on January 23, 2007 Boehner says:

I think it will be rather clear in the next 60 to 90 days as to whether this plan is going to work. And, again, that’s why we need to have close oversight, so that we just don’t look up 60 or 90 days from now and realize that — that this plan is not working. We need to know, as we — as we’re — we move through these benchmarks, that the Iraqis are doing what they have to do.

Since the escalation our troop casualties are up 33%. Progress on BushCo’s own benchmarks? Nah:

Little to No Progress has Been Made on the Administration’s Own Political Benchmarks. No progress on reversing de-Baathification, scheduling provincial elections, drafting a plan for national reconciliation, amending the constitution, or reaching a political agreement on disbanding the militias has been made. The only progress to date has been a draft oil law that passed through the Iraqi Cabinet but has not yet been voted on by Parliament and still faces significant opposition.

Six ministers withdrew from the Maliki government. Worst attack of the war took place post-surge. Worst Green Zone attack took place post-surge.

Times up John. Care to provide us with a status report 91 days out?

 
  • Eric – those “just today’s news” items? Those are all from the last 24 hours? Wow.

  • Heh…

    Boehner getting the heat he so rightly deserves.

  • Jill, I’m unclear whether it is indeed 24 hours. I got it from Reuters Alertnet

  • Eh – I suppose it doesn’t exactly matter – it doesn’t make the casualties any less palatable.

  • Yah. It does all appear to be very recent if not within the last day. Most say Monday. Wee bit worse then Philadelphia no matter the press coverage…

  • that doesnt seem contridictory to me at all…i dont think the first time he was for “retreat” he just said he wanted to evaluate after 90 days

  • Hi Ben. Not exactly looking for contradiction here. Looking for an update really. All I see is talking points and spin. ?mandatory surrender date for retreat?? Gimme a break. Smells like bullshit from miles away.

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