Sunday, July 02, 2006

"Stay the Course" Plan or Prayer?

The current debate about how to handle the situation in Iraq is indeed delicate because an entire nation is in shambles, thousands have died, and we are responsible.

But in considering this question, we should not ignore or forget:

§ We were brought into this invasion under false pretenses not just faulty intelligence, while being reassured by giddy fabrications of the expectations of a post-invasion Iraq.

§ After the immediate assault, we have experienced immense failures in execution—strategic and tactical—amidst massive corruption.

§ We have perpetrated horrific war crimes in the streets and in the prisons.

§ We have manufactured a “paid press” and managed systematic cover-ups of massive malfeasance of all kinds.

§ The level of violence and chaos continues to rise and the best research evidence suggests it is linked to our continued military presence there.

In the face of all this, the administration continues the refrain that we must “stay the course.”

This course, so far, has been a disaster for everyone. Everyone.

The old saying might apply here that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.





8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also mention the insanity quote to people. Most people "get it"- others don't. All in all Iraq has been a total mess.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nice to see the rationale that underlies the "bumper sticker" sayings on the sign. However, it doesn't make the comments correct, just explained. To take issue with the "oft cited in your blog" research suggesting that the biggest cause of the violence is our presence there, are you suggesting that if our military left, Iraq would suddenly turn into Lake Wobegon? There's no doubt that terrorists are trying to target our military, but does that mean that all the innocents killed in car bombs are simply collateral damage, or are they the targets? Were Al-Quaeda terrorists who hit the World Trade Center in '93, or Khobar Towers, etc. all simply reacting to our presence, or might this be a violent ideology focused on the destruction of all who dissent (including Iraqi citizens who have voted for freedom and democracy?)

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