Friday, October 20, 2006

Change of course

It's not just for Democrats anymore. This struck me as significant as I was reading through the Friday morning news dump.
Few officials in either party are talking about an immediate pullout of U.S. combat troops. But interest appears to be growing in several broad ideas. One would be some kind of effort to divide the country along regional lines. Another, favored by many Democrats, is a gradual withdrawal of troops over a set period of time. A third would be a dramatic scaling-back of U.S. ambitions in Iraq, giving up on democracy and focusing only on stability.
That third is the big one. It makes the most sense but it destroys the myth that we're spreading freedom and democracy. As does the first option. Dividing the country is to admit that our troops died to give an Islamic theocracy control over Iraqi oil.

I almost feel sorry for the warmongers. They're going to have a tough time spinning a new justification for this ill-fated folly, especially since so many of us have been predicting this moment since the day Bush invaded Baghdad.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I almost feel sorry for the warmongers.

The key word here being "almost".

As for the focussing on stability, I think that the commanders on the ground have had this focus for a while, but the Pentagon and Rummy keep getting in the way.

3:17:00 AM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Well, when everything turns to complete shit over there...which sounds like it may be in a day or two...the 'warmongers' will just blame it on the 'liberals' and anyone and everyone who didn't have a damn thing to do with that fiasco. And then one of them will nominate George for the Nobel Peace Prize...

7:32:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Kvatch - almost is indeed the operative word and I agree the blame rests squarely on Rummy and the White House.

Neil - no doubt you're right. The wingnuts have blamed us for everything else that went wrong but you have to wonder how they function when they're living with that level of cognitive dissonance.

9:26:00 AM  

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