"Two factors may determine the course of the war in Iraq — one is political progress inside Iraq and in a moment we’ll check up on efforts to share oil money. The other factor is American public opinion."(Oh and Renee there's that insignificant factor of the Iraqi people - they do get in the way by the hundreds of thousands, don't they? And the insurgents, and foreign fighters, and monumental US arrogance and stupidity).
After this NPR's Guy gets down to explaining what the War Department sees in its crystal ball:
"...the key term I keep hearing is lily pads...what it essentially envisions is a series of military installations around Iraq, maybe five or six of them, a total of between 30,000 or 40,000 US troops in Iraq for a long period of time—lasting you know maybe a few decades. And the idea is that these bases will be somewhat hermetically sealed....and these sort of lily pads will be in various strategic areas in Iraq...and that will enable the US military to maintain a presence in the country perhaps as I say for a few decades"(!!!)What on earth can you say to this? Lily pads? Few decades? You have to love how Guy just picks up this Pentagonese and makes it his own. Oh well, if you can't beat them, then let's just find some other nice names for these crusader fortresses:
How about swim rafts? That has a relaxing feel?
Or maybe doilies on the dinner table?
Perhaps oil rigs? Oops maybe not.