I don't have a link, but in my inbox is Rep. Ike Skelton's prepared statement for a House Armed Services Committee hearing at which David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, is going to give testimony on the GAO's dismal report on the state of things in Iraq. It's nice to see an old bull like Skelton unintimidated by the surge of propaganda. He observes that "When the President announced the surge, it was intended to improve security to create space for political progress" and that hasn't happened. Under the circumstances, he says "It is not clear to me why we should continue to move ahead with this strategy at the cost of American lives and dollars if the Iraqis are not stepping forward."

Meanwhile, Skelton's not representing some kind of hippie district. If he can say it, so can everyone else.

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