Matt McCarten jumps the shark

Matt McCarten : Key’s convenient amnesia over support for expensive invasionRemember when George Bush’s administration promised the world that the invasion of Iraq would be over in a few weeks? We were assured that the Iraqis would throw flowers at their liberators, the war would make a tidy profit and petrol… [NZ Politics]

Matt McCarten has finally jumped the shark. After every strike against John key has failed he goes back to the Bush is evil, iraq was immoral and Key would have put us there attack lines which frankly don’t stand up to any realistic outlook on the current Iraq situation.

Witness this little tirade;

[quote]Key, of course, can’t remember his support for the warmongers. But none of us should have any illusion that if he had been Prime Minister at the time New Zealand troops would have been over there, killing and maiming civilians on behalf of oil companies so they could continue to make their criminally gross profits.[/quote]

He of course neglects the facts that despite all the assurances of the left that the war is unwinnable and that the Iraqi’s have no hope;

1. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki sent the Iraqi army into Basra. It achieved in a few weeks what the British had failed to do in four years: take the city, drive out the Mahdi Army and seize the ports from Iranian-backed militias.

2. When Mahdi fighters rose up in support of their Basra brethren, the Iraqi army at Maliki’s direction confronted them and prevailed in every town — Najaf, Karbala, Hilla, Kut, Nasiriyah and Diwaniyah — from Basra to Baghdad.

3. Without any American ground forces, the Iraqi army entered and occupied Sadr City, the Mahdi Army stronghold.

4. Maliki flew to Mosul, directing a joint Iraqi-U.S. offensive against the last redoubt of al-Qaeda, which had already been driven out of Anbar, Baghdad and Diyala provinces.

5. The Iraqi parliament enacted a de-Baathification law, a major Democratic benchmark for political reconciliation.

6. Parliament also passed the other reconciliation benchmarks — a pension law, an amnesty law, and a provincial elections and powers law. Oil revenues are being distributed to the provinces through the annual budget.

7. With Maliki having demonstrated that he would fight not just Sunni insurgents (e.g., in Mosul) but Shiite militias (e.g., the Mahdi Army), the Sunni parliamentary bloc began negotiations to join the Shiite-led government. (The final sticking point is a squabble over a sixth Cabinet position.)

So far from the war being unwinnable Iraq is on the cusp of becoming a truly free and democratic nation prospering in a way that Cullen can only dream of.

But of course McCarten can’t possibly let facts get in the way of a good demonisation.