The Dora Explorers

September 4th, 2007at 11:13am Posted by Eli

By way of Atrios & Kevin Drum, WaPo has the story of the military’s showcase Potemkin village that they use to give gullible visitors the illusion that The Surge is going just great, and Iraq is a thriving success story.

Drum suggests:

But how many of these showcase neighborhoods are there? Visitors could come to Iraq by the planeload and all report back that they were individually impressed with what they saw, but how meaningful is this if it turns out they all saw the same few places? Are there thousands of Dora markets around Iraq? Hundreds? A couple of dozen? My guess is the latter, but we really don’t know, do we? Maybe all those visitors ought to think about getting together and comparing notes. They might discover something interesting.

But they won’t; because they saw what they wanted to see. I would be very surprised if the Dora dog & pony show changed the mind of anyone truly dead-set against the war. I think it’s more a matter of providing a convenient excuse to support The Surge… and voting to give the Iraqupation as much time and money as Dubya wants.

I would venture to guess that the congresscritters who are convinced by Dora are the same ones who really want to hear what “The Petraeus Report” has to say.

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Politics


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