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General John Batiste – long a critic of the war in Iraq (“Iraq is distracting America from what should be our focus of main effort”) – changes his tune:

First, the United States must be successful in the fight against worldwide Islamic extremism. We have seen this ruthless enemy firsthand, and its global ambitions are undeniable. This struggle, the Long War, will probably take decades to prosecute. Failure is not an option.

Second, whether or not we like it, Iraq is central to that fight. We cannot walk away from our strategic interests in the region. Iraq cannot become a staging ground for Islamic extremism or be dominated by other powers in the region, such as Iran and Syria. A premature or precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, without the requisite stability and security, is likely to cause the violence there—which has decreased substantially but is still present—to cascade into an even larger humanitarian crisis.

Says a sad peacenik: “I think Batiste has just lost the right to call himself a war critic.”

Posted by Tim B. on 12/09/2007 at 08:18 AM
    1. What does it matter?
      Every leftie knows that Bush/Howard lied, millions of Iraqis died.
      Get the troups out now! Kevin said he would, and he never lies!

      Posted by JPB on 2007 12 09 at 09:07 AM • permalink


    1. BTW, the spelling of “troups” above is intentional. To, so to speak, make the message look authentic… 😉

      Posted by JPB on 2007 12 09 at 09:09 AM • permalink


    1. Long before Rudd’s ascendency, withdrawals from Iraq were planned if the Surge worked.
      The Surge has worked. Withdrawals will occur next year.
      I have sickening mental images of our new leader beaming into the cameras and claiming all the credit when our troops start coming home.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 12 09 at 09:19 AM • permalink


    1. The Left don’t like it when their men change their tunes.

      Expect Batiste to now be claimed to be in receipt of funds from companies that make military supplies.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 09 at 09:39 AM • permalink


    1. #3 skeeter,

      Dear leaders always beam to the cameras. Ventrilouqist’s hand up the back and all. You know.

      How about when he hosts the first welcome home parade? We’ll all be there pelting him with bad tomatoes, the arse.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 12 09 at 09:40 AM • permalink


    1. “I think Batiste has just lost the right to call himself a war critic.”

      Well, duh.  He’s not anymore, dimwit, because he’s realized he better get on the right side of the facts.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 12 09 at 11:35 AM • permalink


    1. Batiste, Batiste

      What will your story be the next “conversion”?

      Smell a rat…or this guy really wants to stay alive…:) But now, seems as though he put a brand new target on his back, for all those peaceful peace lovers.

      OH the little fruity (Mini Dick or some such shit) that Blogged those profound words (what were they, again?) and I’m sure they will be listed in the annals of greatest quotes ever, in the history of man…got his nic from his partner…just have to determine whether it is a he, or she.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 09 at 12:08 PM • permalink


    1. Meh.  “minipundit” is merely amongst the first wave of leftards reacting to the initial success in Iraq.

      Huh?  Batiste?  Him?  He’s just an attention whore scrambling to (as Rebecca put it) “get on the right side of the facts”.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 12 09 at 12:46 PM • permalink


    1. Dear General McClellan Batiste:

      Too late.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 12 09 at 01:07 PM • permalink


    1. “I think Batiste has just lost the right to call himself a war critic.”

      A highly entertaining quote, to be sure.  But before you go off reading the rest of the article, let me warn you that it is awesomely stupid.

      Detective Zep uncovered the following evidence by exercising his Bourne-like powers (clicking the “About Me”):

      Name: Dylan Matthews
      Age: 17 [no offense to the other teens out there, but…]
      Location: Hanover, NH [That’s New Hampshire, for you Ozzies]
      “Occupation”: High school student. [Yup]
      Why You’re Reading This: I have no idea. [Indeed]

      Posted by zeppenwolf on 2007 12 09 at 02:06 PM • permalink


    1. What I can’t figure out is that only Iraq is the ‘bad’ war, while no-one seems to want the US, UN and NATO to leave ‘good’ Afghanistan any time soon.
      Yet much analysis of Afghanistan reads exactly like Iraq -too few troops not active enough, a weak central government [after 6 years], pockets of resistant enemy with over-the-border support, regional warlords etc.Why have Rudd and the US Dems bought this obvious contradiction and won elections with it?

      Posted by Barrie on 2007 12 09 at 05:07 PM • permalink


    1. When are ‘we’ leaving Serbia?  I’m pretty sure someone or other promised our troops would be home by Christmas some year back in the 90s.  Am I mistaken?

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2007 12 09 at 06:01 PM • permalink


    1. Re: the sad peacenik

      (s)he wrote: “Petraeus’ strategy isn’t really that brilliant; it shouldn’t surprise anyone that bribing Sunni groups and flooding the streets of Baghdad with troops reduces casualties”

      Yeah, neocon warmongers are so stupid for not being more optimistic about the success of the surge.  OBVIOUSLY it was going to work.  Duh.  EVERYONE knew the surge was going to work.

      These new left-wing talking points are strange, man.

      Posted by Michael Levy on 2007 12 09 at 06:24 PM • permalink


    1. #11 Barrie,
      Some Democrat backbenchers have called for such a withdrawal, and the hard left has always been against the Afghanistan Campaign.  If they had managed to force our defeat in Iraq the lefties would have started the same howls about Afghanistan within a couple of weeks.As for Batiste, why did it take him 4 1/2 years to realize that the Iraq Campaign was a key element in the war against the Jihadist Terrorists?  I thought you had to have some understanding of strategy to get three stars.  I’m glad it has finally dawned on him that he’s been in the sewer with traitors for years, but he’s really a day late and a dollar short.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2007 12 09 at 07:07 PM • permalink


    1. Anybody who has lived through WWII would know that it is virtually impossible to win a large war without majority support from the folks at home.
      Hitler certainly had that home support and became nearly unbeatable because he also had pre-war support from the likes of the BBC, London newspapers and everybody in parliament except Churchill.
      Propaganda has been used by all sides since it was invented in the 1930s.
      Today’s msm is enormously more influential than it was during WWII.
      We must assume that the Left and the msm are aware of all this.
      It follows that they must want the enemy to win.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 12 09 at 07:52 PM • permalink


    1. Ahh, Batiste, Batiste,….Isn’t he the WWE world heavy weight champion?

      Posted by The Big Fish on 2007 12 09 at 09:30 PM • permalink


    1. #15, Skeeter, if you take a look at the many oils of Napoleon you’ll realize that propaganda was used much earlier than WWII.  I was perfected by Germany, however.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 12 09 at 09:38 PM • permalink


    1. #17, Salty – did I read that correctly:

      I was perfected by Germany

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 12 10 at 02:43 AM • permalink


    1. #18.  Damn.  Don’t tell anyone.  I was the most secret project in Germany.  I was found by kindly GIs and secreted into the U.S. in a duffel bag, along with a Luger and Goebbels’ smug sneer.  Being perfect, I’ve never let anyone know my story.  This is my first slip-up.  Please keep it quiet.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 12 10 at 03:08 AM • permalink


  1. #19 – you sound like Hell Boy.

    Posted by mr creosote on 2007 12 10 at 04:43 AM • permalink