...On talk from the White House about the situation in Iraq. This under the guise of not "assessing" the presumed success of "the Surge" until September. Of course, the White House doesn't want to talk about Iraq since the reality on the ground always seems to show their rosy assessment of the situation for the utter bullshit it is. <blockquote>WASHINGTON, April 27 — The Bush administration will not try to assess whether the troop increase in Iraq is producing signs of political progress or greater security until September, and many of Mr. Bush’s top advisers now anticipate that any gains by then will be limited, according to senior administration officials. - <a href=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/28/washington/28prexy.html?_r=2&th=&oref=slogin&emc=th&pagewanted=print>NYT</a>, 4/28/07</blockquote> It would also seem, from this article, that rather than holding the Iraqi government to any benchmarks regarding the deployment of Iraqi troops and security forces, the Administration seems content to let our troops bear the brunt of what should be the responsibility of the Iraqis. The upshot of this would appear to be the deployments of more of our troops extended...yet again...and more of our troops sent into the meat-grinder without adequate rest and recuperation or training. More of our blood and treasure spent to salve the twisted ego of the man we call "Mr. President".