We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.
AH: Like the terrorists, our politicians are only interested in power. None of them care about the well-being of the Iraqi people. This is just a show to keep the Americans thinking that all is well in Iraq.
What we achieved in Iraq was to turn the Sunni populace by paying them "protection money" to stop shooting at our soldiers and shoot the people we directed them to. Tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.
If the surge has worked, that must mean victory is just around the corner, right? That's certainly the impression that the Bush White House is trying to give -- without exactly coming out and saying so.
This is not controversial history. It is history that anyone trying out for president must understand when there are 150,000 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. It is an essential element to the story of the past two years.