Shock and Opossumism

Bush ‘encouraged’ despite report on Iraqi troops, Reuters
During congressional testimony on Thursday, Gen. George Casey, top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Gen. John Abizaid, top U.S. commander in the Middle East, said the number of such battalions [that can go into combat without the help of the U.S. military] had dropped since July to one from three, out of the roughly 100 Iraqi battalions.
Bush…sought to repair any damage. He said on Saturday the U.S. military and its allies are “constantly adapting our tactics to the changing tactics of the terrorists.”
DKo: “Playing opossum,” a tactic the wily frontiersman commander mastered during his own service in the National Guard.
According to my sources, even with the drop from three to one, he is ‘still not satisfied.” “There is still a lot more work to be done.” As soon as he detects someone showing signs of life, the nation’s CEO intends to “delegate forcefully,” and finish the job.