Tuesday, June 10, 2008

the case of the wandering ambassador

last night the bush administration acknowledged that it may not get a permanent bases deal with iraq this year. which is pretty shocking, the administration almost never admits that its strategy won't work, even when it's pretty obvious that it can't.

except technically it was ryan crocker, president bush's ambassador to iraq, and not the entire bush administration, who made the acknowledgement yesterday. so today. the state department's top advisor to iraq, david satterfield, insisted that an agreement can too be achieved by the end of july.

so it wasn't the administration acknowledging reality but rather a case of the administration's ambassador briefly wandering off the reservation.