Let’s Hear It for “Concrete, Visible Results”

Friday, June 23, 2006

Let’s Hear It for “Concrete, Visible Results”

During Wednesday’s debate on the Senate floor over two proposals for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) offered these views:
"There is clear proof that our many sacrifices to date are beginning to produce concrete, visible results that cannot be challenged. And to think at this time we would take any action on this floor to set back that momentum."
I agree. We're seeing a lot of "concrete, visible results" -- just not the kind of results that anyone could be pleased with. If Sen. Warner and his staff have checked news headlines on the web today, they probably have learned of the latest form of "concrete, visible results" in Iraq:

The Iraqi government declared a state of emergency in Baghdad after American forces were involved in quelling a firefight in the city's center. … The state of emergency and curfew imposed today followed a gunfight that broke out as members of the Mahdi Army militia moved in force to escort the radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to a Shiite mosque in a Sunni neighborhood.

During last week's Friday services, a suicide bomber carrying explosives in his shoes blew himself up in a crowd of worshipers at the Baratha mosque, killing 11 and wounding 25.

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