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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

What Happened?


A future news story.


Dateline: November 5th, 2008

Washington, DC

The only word to describe the universal reaction to yesterday’s U.S. Presidential and Congressional elections is: “surprise.”

Two words? How about “shock” and “awe”?

Looking back, everyone knew that President Bush’s cavalier, cowboy-style handling of the Iraq war lost the Republicans the mid-term elections in 2006. Insiders expected a chastened White House really to change course, to cooperate with Congress, to listen to the public, to work toward what Nixon called “Peace with honor.”

Instead, the lame duck administration continued to shore up Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki (remember him?), and to make excuses for him when Iraqis failed to address, let alone to defeat, the insurgency. The surge of additional troops went on for the past two years, and there still is no end to the war in sight.

That alone explains why two Democrats, a liberal white woman, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and a liberal black man, Barack Obama, did so stunningly well in the elections yesterday…..


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