Monday, January 15, 2007

Planned incompetence?

Maybe somebody should have told our Great Decider that it might be a good idea to come to an agreement with the other parties involved before he decides announce a unilateral strategy that dictates the actions of an at least nominally sovereign government. It may not matter much whether or not America supports Bush's escalation plans if the Iraqi government refuses to cooperate.
First among the American concerns is a Shiite-led government that has been so dogmatic in its attitude that the Americans worry that they will be frustrated in their aim of cracking down equally on Shiite and Sunni extremists, a strategy President Bush has declared central to the plan.

“We are implementing a strategy to embolden a government that is actually part of the problem,” said an American military official in Baghdad involved in talks over the plan. “We are being played like a pawn.”
Bush may be the only person left on earth that still doesn't understand that we didn't really give the Iraqis a democracy. All our blood and treasure was spent in installing, and now supporting, a Shia theocracy and they are unsurprisingly not that interested in pursing their own militias in order to save their life long arch rivals in the Sunni community.

Not that unfeasibility is about stop our president once he decides. Every day that passes makes me more certain that Congress needs to quit fooling around with non-binding resolutions and simply revoke the "war" resolution. It's at the root of everything that has gone wrong in our foreign policy, and at home, since it was passed.
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