"The Iraq war is a success," they continuously boast. "The troop surge is working," they arrogantly brag. President George Bush, in denial, lying or both, regurgitates the spin often in a desperate attempt to salvage his reputation and his legacy. Sen. John McCain has made his support of the war and in particular the surge the cornerstone of his 2008 Republican presidential campaign. McCain, when discussing the U.S.'s additional troop build-up, is smug and cocky for "getting it right." But after six days of violence and bloodshed which has left 400 dead and hundreds more wounded, Shite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, head of the Mehdi militia, has issued a very clear wake-up call to these lying, delusional war-mongers. It's become painfully obvious that it's been al-Sadr's six month truce with the U.S and the Shite-run Iraqi government of Nuri-al-Maliki, and not this bogus "surge," that's quelled the violence since September. The renewed violence among rebel militias and the government's forces since last Tuesday shows just how vulnerable the country is, with raging hatred and out-of-control violence percolating just below the surface, despite the 20,000 additional soldiers Bush dispatched last Summer. It's al-Sadr, not Bush or McCain, who holds all the cards there. He can start and stop the violence on a dime, proving once and for all that the success of the surge is pure Republican myth.
Since his militia-men took to the streets once again, an estimated 200 people have been killed and 500 wounded in Basra; over 100 killed in Baghdad; and another 100+ killed in the South. And now al-Sadr's called for another cease-fire. But the big question is, just how will McCain and the Busheviks spin this past week's carnage in the face of their surge-success rhetoric? And will the neutered mainstream media allow the lies and deceit to continue unchallenged as they have since March 2003? And what will the Democrats do to take down McCain, who's built his entire campaign on this grand illusion? It's time to expose him, Bush and this fantasy for what they are: the great big lie.