Friday, August 13, 2004

No Way Out - Can We Avoid Catastrophe in Iraq?

Iraq is a complete disaster. I'm amazed at how many people still disagree with this obvious point.

I had thought we had learned in Southeast Asia that you cannot impose a government on people from the outside. Poppy Bush knew this all too well.

No Way Out - Is there any hope of avoiding catastrophe in Iraq? By Fred Kaplan

Fred Kaplan begins his piece in Slate today with this:

This is a terribly grim thing to say, but there might be no solution to the problem of Iraq. There might be nothing we can do to build a path to a stable, secure, let alone democratic regime. And there's no way we can just pull out without plunging the country, the region, and possibly beyond into still deeper disaster.

And here is the key, grim point:

...The U.S. military—the only force in Iraq remotely capable of keeping the country from falling apart—finds itself in a maddening situation where tactical victories yield strategic setbacks. The Marines could readily defeat the insurgents in Najaf, but only at the great risk of inflaming Shiites—and sparking still larger insurgencie elsewhere. In the Sadr City section of Baghdad, as U.S. commanders acknowledge, practically every resident is an insurgent.

The only way to quell the current insurgency is to hold elections ASAP and let the people choose a government. Of course, they will likely choose a Shia theocracy which may very well lead then to the Sunni civil war.

Read the article and let it sink in.

How anyone could entertain awarding the men who got us into this mess with a second term is beyond me. It seems to me if nothing else, we fire the guy who made this mess and if the next guy doesn't fix it, we fire him too.


What ever happened to accountability?

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