April 6, 2006

Leave it to the Iraqis

Someone needs to explain it to me.

I keep hearing from administration supporters that the Iraqi people are happy we’re there. And we all keep hearing about the violence. I presume that part of the reason the Iraqi people are happy we’re there is because of the violence, and that we’re helping to quash the violent elements when we can.

[Side Note: I’ve mentioned before a disconnect in the president’s stated reasoning. 1) We’re there to help the Iraqi people. 2) We’re fighting the terrorists there so we don’t have to fight them here. Those two thoughts are quite incompatible, because if we are choosing where to have the fight, and we are attracting the terrorists and their ilk to Iraq, then we have put this fight in their backyard. How is that helping? I leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine which of the incompatible statements is false, or perhaps even both are false. But I digress.]

I’m not completely sure what the plan is in Iraq. But we’re getting ready to draw down troops. And it seems to me like we’re going to have to leave that country with plenty of ongoing violence to deal with.

I don’t know what you’re reading, but what I’m reading is that the violence is not decreasing. If anything, it seems to me like it is increasing. I don’t think anyone has a plan to “win” this war in the way you defeat an enemy, declare peace and move on. Which means that, as we leave, even assuming we’re leaving a capable Iraqi army behind, we’re leaving them with an ongoing war. We’re leaving a new country with a war that we haven’t been able to successfully fight.

And there are questions about whether we are going to be able to leave behind a capable Iraqi army.

Our recent advice to them, through our executive branch? “Get governing.”

Are we expecting some miracle to happen?

Posted by James at April 6, 2006 2:48 AM
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When you're religious you can always hope for a miracle to occur. Maybe that's what he means by faith based. he has faith that Iraq will miraculously turn out OK. If not then the next president can deal with the problem.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at April 6, 2006 8:11 AM

Heh. Funny you should mention miracles. Maybe praying for success in Iraq is having an effect similar to what happens when you pray for a sick person. ;-)
http://pandorastea.blogspot.com/2006/03/whatever-you-do-dont-pray-for-me.html

Posted by: Julie at April 6, 2006 9:22 AM

We’re leaving a new country with a war that we haven’t been able to successfully fight.

This presumes this is a war.

Let's back up to the beginning of this mess. We were going in to find the weapons of mass distruction we knew--not suspected, knew--that Saddam Hussein had.

Then when the "WMDs" were nowhere to be found--because they didn't exist--we had already destabilized an entire region of the world, so with some quick thinking, it was decided that we were there to "free the Iraqi people."

Now the objective has changed yet again and we're "fighting the war on terror."

What a whopping case of mission creep! Never mind the fact that I've always felt we got into this so the president wouldn't look impotent. "Look, everyone, I'm doing something! I'm not flaccid, I'm strong! I'm a strong president you can trust!" (Yes, I realize I'm talking in penile terms, but this is honestly the worst case of "my penis is soooo big..." that I've ever had the misfortune to witness.)

Now, I ask you all--how can we possibly "win" a "war" with a target as nebulous as terror? This is akin to winning the "war on drugs."

Maybe if the boneheads in the Bush administration would take fewer drugs (or is it more?), we wouldn't be in this mess.

Oh, and spending less time diddling little girls (or at least trying) might help them focus on the task at hand. ; )

In case you missed the stomach-turning story on the news yesterday, see "Child Porn Sting Nets Homeland Security Staffer" at http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-040506websting_lat,0,6536688.story?coll=la-home-headlines)

Posted by: Patti M. at April 6, 2006 10:56 AM

I saw that about the Homeland Security guy. Good thing Bush has brought new morality and ethics to our goverment.

Posted by: briwei at April 6, 2006 11:53 AM

What was his campaign tag line? Something about "restoring dignity" or something?

Riiiiiiiiiiight.

Posted by: Patti M. at April 6, 2006 12:36 PM

I just read a story on cnn... Scooter Libby is now claiming that Cheney told him that Bush specifically authorized Libby to out Valerie Plame.

It's not the top story... yet. I sure hope this gets more attention.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/04/06/libby.ap/index.html

Posted by: Julie at April 6, 2006 12:56 PM

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