Video: The surge is failing, says Silky Pony

posted at 12:41 pm on April 16, 2007 by Allahpundit

The numbers be damned. His evidence? The Iraqi parliament bombing, an attack transparently designed to facilitate sound bites just like this one. Awfully neighborly of him to oblige.

On Mookie’s orders, the six Sadrist members of the cabinet resigned today to protest the fact that Maliki hasn’t demanded a timetable for withdrawal from Bush. (Maliki’s response: great, thanks for freeing the positions up for non-sectarians.) On the other hand, the Sadrist bloc of 30 MPs haven’t resigned from Maliki’s ruling coalition. It’s another example of the fine line he’s walking right now between being cooperative enough not to antagonize the U.S. military, e.g., pulling the JAM off the streets, and aggressive enough to retain his cult of personality among Shiites, e.g., calling for mass protests against the U.S. The more reports we hear of Iran coopting members of his militia, the more pressure there is on him to reassert his authority and go back on the offensive. The Sunnis are giving him every excuse he needs; if the resignations today portend the return of the Mahdi Army, then we’re about to see just how right or wrong the Breck Girl is.

Meanwhile, the Times and WaPo each lead today with phenomenally depressing articles about Baquba, where an estimated 2,000 jihadis — roughly the same number that had taken over Fallujah in 2004 — are holed up and launching consistent attacks undermanned U.S. troops. Takeaway from WaPo: “Soldiers say the most heinous crimes are committed by al-Qaeda in Iraq fighters, who have attacked hospitals, used female suicide bombers, raped and tortured. They are said to inflict their hard-line religious beliefs in bizarre ways, such as prohibiting shopkeepers from putting cucumbers (considered male) and tomatoes (female) in the same bins.”

Update: $400.

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He should talk. Edwards doesn’t know a failure when it stares him in the face – like each morning when he shaves (yes, I know that’s an assumption; do silky ponies need to shave?)

The sooner he is out of the race, the sooner we won’t have to see/hear him anymore. I can’t wait. Fred! Please!

IrishEyes on April 16, 2007 at 12:48 PM

Jesus, what a pussy.

Enrique on April 16, 2007 at 12:50 PM

A silky pussy.

Enrique on April 16, 2007 at 12:52 PM

I pefer waxed…

Tim Burton on April 16, 2007 at 12:56 PM


conservativecaveman on April 16, 2007 at 1:01 PM

the power of anecdotes to support lies.

the left builds their entire case around anecdotes. the trick is to then use the plural form. i.e. “police officers sodimizing people with toilet plungers.”

and 400 bucks. damn. i’m from the one of his two americas he seeks to eliminate for the sin of greed and i cut my own hair over the sink with an osterizer and a 1/2″ guard.

jummy on April 16, 2007 at 1:02 PM

Dinesh D’Souza was right. American conservatives love iceberg lettuce and blue cheese dressing, and we would never think of combining cucumbers and tomatoes (and sorrel and feta!) in some decadent, effete leftist salad with a fancy name. It’s no wonder they want to kill us.
To build a bridge to moderate Muslims, we must destroy our decadent chefs.

a4g on April 16, 2007 at 1:02 PM

…each morning when he shaves…

he bleaches.

jummy on April 16, 2007 at 1:03 PM

He’s going for the 1980’s Ken hair. Now when you look at it you’ll be all like, “Hey, it’s parted the other way!”, but think about how it looks to him in his compact mirror.

– The Cat

MirCat on April 16, 2007 at 1:04 PM

The most mind boggling alliance in history, Liberal Left Wing Fa….s and Islamists all working together to undermine western values.

JayHaw Phrenzie on April 16, 2007 at 1:04 PM

Expert on losing.

Poll 2008: Edwards trails Clinton, Obama, Gore, Biden, Kerry, Dodd, Kucinich, Mondale, Sharpton, Nader, Gomer Pyle and Deputy Dawg.

fogw on April 16, 2007 at 1:04 PM

Mrs. Edwards, on the Larry King show last week, looked ashen, tired, thin, and not well at all, her claims to the contrary…

Mr. Edwards’ priorities, hair et all, are messed up. I predict he will not be in this race to the end.

No one should care what he’s got to say about Iraq.

Entelechy on April 16, 2007 at 1:06 PM

You know, If I here One more democrat yap about what the American people want… They will say the american people want what they want us to want. They ran moderates and won on a throw the bums out agenda not a anti-war agenda. Now every time they are questioned they claim that the election was about changing course in the war. Stop the lies vote republican.

Gwillie on April 16, 2007 at 1:08 PM

Building bridges with people like this only gives them something else yo blow up.

bbz123 on April 16, 2007 at 1:08 PM

Silky Pony Rides For $400?

Naw. I’ll pass.

natesnake on April 16, 2007 at 1:10 PM

Only 40% of U.S. Soldiers, in the troop surge, have been put into place.

How can it have failed before it is fully operational?

According to Iraqis many areas in Baghdad have seen huge increases in security already!

Here is a video of Baghdad’s Amusement Park re-opening due to an increase in security in Baghdad.

Is that not a sign of progress Silky Ass???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

angryamerican on April 16, 2007 at 1:15 PM

Could anybody – even liberals – really imagine this guy being President?

A Dukakis/Kucinich ticket would have more gravitas.

Professor Blather on April 16, 2007 at 1:16 PM


Wade on April 16, 2007 at 1:18 PM

Mr. Talking Points Tool. Feh.

I know it’s not studio lighting, but that cap does not look like the picture of a candidate with staying power (tired eyes, droopy shoulders). And click through to that $400. Not only hair, but visits to the Pink Sapphire Spa !

At least Shrillary’s hair looks like it’s got some cost in it – coloring, layering, shaping. But his looks like a well-sprayed bowl cut. What could be worth $400?…hmmmm…Combover!?!?!?

eeyore on April 16, 2007 at 1:20 PM

(Maliki’s response: great, thanks for freeing the positions up for non-sectarians.)

Exactly. This is actually good news as it will further isolate Mookie from the government and the Iraqi people.

CliffHanger on April 16, 2007 at 1:24 PM

A silky pussy.

Enrique on April 16, 2007 at 12:52 PM


foxforce91 on April 16, 2007 at 1:24 PM

Maybe if all the Iraqi lawmakers had such haircuts, they would have the vision needed to deliver rainbows and puppies and free healthcare their people.

Also, how much would any of us pay to see any of these stylists react to Mookie walking in, slapping down $400, and telling the stylist to “do your magic”? What’s a slimming haircut, anyway?

Wineaholic on April 16, 2007 at 1:25 PM

General Petraeus seems to disagree.

But you know, maybe Edwards knows something that he doesn’t.

John from OPFOR on April 16, 2007 at 1:25 PM

I noticed he didn’t answer the question.

Gwillie on April 16, 2007 at 1:25 PM

True to form. Singing the Surrender Monkey Anthem.

Viper1 on April 16, 2007 at 1:26 PM

FAG…yep…I said FAG…johnny boy…who cares what you say…

areseaoh on April 16, 2007 at 1:31 PM

They are said to inflict their hard-line religious beliefs in bizarre ways, such as prohibiting shopkeepers from putting cucumbers (considered male) and tomatoes (female) in the same bins.

What? Now the bastards are going after the Veggie Tales.

Although, now that you mention it, I always had my doubts about Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato.

Steve LLamabutcher on April 16, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Question: If Sadrists quit the government enmasse, does the Iraqi constitution provide for special local elections to replace those who quit?

In other words, what provisions are there to replace elected officials who vacate their posts?

CliffHanger on April 16, 2007 at 1:35 PM


Wade on April 16, 2007 at 1:18 PM

It is soooooooooooo cool that I post at the same place Ann does. ;-)

Tim Burton on April 16, 2007 at 1:40 PM

Update: $400.

“Yeah, buddy…that’s his own hair.”

(Apologies to Dire Straits)

James on April 16, 2007 at 1:44 PM

Say, can’t you think of another nickname for “Mookie”? The only real Mookie is here.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on April 16, 2007 at 1:49 PM

Say, can’t you think of another nickname for “Mookie”? The only real Mookie is here.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on April 16, 2007 at 1:49 PM

Sadrism and Moktochism?

James on April 16, 2007 at 1:55 PM

Edwards doesn’t know jack about Iraq! He’s lying if he says he does.

BTW, I saw a clip on Inside Edition about this neighbor that his wife is so frightened of. She’s nutz! And SilkPony’s a wussy. They’re BOTH morons as well.

“Meanwhile, the Times and WaPo each….” are lying through their f-ing teeth. See the MNF’s report dated today;

Stryker Battalion restores market security
Monday, 16 April 2007
By Staff Sgt. Antonieta Rico
5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BAQUBAH — Coalition forces launched an operation April 2 to clear and secure the market area in Baqubah, Iraq, in order to reestablish the city’s economic center.

Soldiers of 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, from Fort Lewis, Wash., maintained a continuous 24-hour presence in the area, called Old Baqubah, during the first four days of the operation while they searched for terrorists and weapon caches.

They plan to remain in the neighborhood to assist Iraqi security forces as they establish and man permanent checkpoints to provide security for vendors and shoppers at the marketplace.

“It is important we open up the market place because in order to win the fight against insurgents, we have to establish a good economy,” said 1st Lt. Thomas Gaines, 1st Platoon leader, Company A, 5-20th Inf. Regt.

Iraqi police and Iraqi army soldiers plan on controlling the checkpoints and searching vehicles coming in and out of the neighborhood, while the Stryker Soldiers continue to operate in the area.

“We are flooding the area with a presence and making it permanent,” Gaines said. “That permanent presence should break up or at least disrupt (insurgent) operations.”

The Stryker battalion reported that the operation to secure the market was launched on the advice of the Baqubah city council, which considered it an important step in the progression of the city. Coalition forces hope that more vendors will eventually open their shops in the marketplace and that more civilians will feel safe shopping at the market.

“The market place that we are working out of is one of the main commerce points of the city of Baqubah,” said Staff Sgt. Jay M. Thompson, a squad leader with 1st Platoon, Co. A.

Thompson believes that disrupting insurgent operations in Old Baqubah will have an economic influence on the entire city and give hope to all the people who visit the market.

georgej on April 16, 2007 at 2:00 PM

“The surge” is much more successful than “John Edwards for President”.

Anil Petra on April 16, 2007 at 2:11 PM

The sky is not blue.
The American people know it’s not blue.
Dick Cheney has been saying it’s blue.
(take two. that wind gust blew my hair)
The sky in not blue………….

oakpack on April 16, 2007 at 2:24 PM

Edwards says the surge is “failing” not on the basis of any objective standard, but because he needs it to fail. For John-Boy, like so many in the donkey party these days, is hopelessly stuck to the twin tar babies of denial and distortion of reality to keep his whole world from imploding.

Reality is what it is: with the “surge” only partly in place, it’s already having multiple, visible, desirable effects: sectarian killings are down significantly; Al Sadr is in hiding, his “Mahdi army” is fractured and in disarray; Iranian infiltrators are being rounded up; whole neighborhoods in Baghdad are being cleared and held; the Iraqi military is performiing better and better, and the Sunni tribes in al Anbar are turning against al Qaeda.

And John-Boy can’t stand any of it, because if the surge is working, that’d mean George Bush just may be right about something, after all. This is impossible in the mental universe where Edwards lives. But rather than question his fantasy world’s central pillar, instead he just retreats into denial, denial, denial.

Note the flip side of the denial coin, “Wishing makes it so.” John-Boy so desperately wants us to fail in Iraq that not only can he willfully ignore signs of success while moving the goalposts around to focus on isolated exceptions, he also thinks that if he just keeps clicking his heels together and chanting, “We’re beaten, we’re beaten, we’re beaten!” then somehow, magically that outcome will come about.

Edwards belongs in an asylum. He doesn’t need power, he needs help:

– This is a man who runs away from a debate hosted by a news channel that he’s afraid of.

– This is a man who so pickled in his own denial, so intellectually dishonest with himself and the rest of the world, that he can stare nascent victory in the face, call it defeat and look for ways to bring it about.

– This is a man whose egomania, greed and lust for power have so consumed him that he longs to see his own country beaten and humiliated in a war simply because he sees it as expedient toward satisfying his own selfish desires.

– This is a man who believes that all of the above are signs of moral and intellectual superiority, and therefore his sense of noblesse oblige entitles him to tell the rest of us how to live our lives.

This is a man who expects to be your president.

The most frightening thing about Edwards is that he’s already received a stiff dose of reality in 2004, and it had no effect.

Perhaps another dosage might snap him out of his fantasy-world of denial, so he can begin the process of recovery?


Spurius Ligustinus on April 16, 2007 at 3:11 PM

Ambulance chasing candy-ass who has mistaken his ability to generate significant amounts of income (by bamboozling hick juries) for leadership qualities. John, I have a news flash for you: you’re not a leader; you’re just a really lucky guy. Go home, take care of your wife and kids. Enjoy the 29,000 square foot house and the clear cut yard. Nobody wants to hear your opinion on Iraq or global warming. You’re just a personal injury lawyer…

Jaibones on April 16, 2007 at 3:43 PM

Does he know how many 12-packs I could buy for 400 bucks??

gary on April 16, 2007 at 5:47 PM

And his shoulders are so droopy.

He expects anyone to trust them to bear the weight of the free world?

profitsbeard on April 16, 2007 at 6:11 PM

With apologies to southern men, there is something so totally gay about a weak southerner. I get the same gaydar alert from Edwards that I get from pansy Lindsey Graham.

Jaibones on April 16, 2007 at 6:17 PM

Well he must have heard from the Imam that said Allah sent giant spiders to fight the US troops.

– The Cat

MirCat on April 16, 2007 at 7:33 PM

He’s high maintenance.

Kini on April 16, 2007 at 8:08 PM

Just take a nice long look at that screenshot used in the homepage for this thread. Is that anybody’s image of the leader of the free world?

Freelancer on April 17, 2007 at 7:34 PM