Thursday, February 15, 2007

Guns and rose colored glasses

The NYT reviews the Pentagon's pre-war power point presentation predicting the "sweets and roses" they promoted so heavily before the invasion of Iraq.
Based on this and other hopeful suppositions, the command’s planners projected what the American occupation of Iraq might look like. After the main fighting was over, there was to be a two- to three-month “stabilization” phase, then an 18- to 24-month “recovery” phase.

That was to be followed by a 12- to 18-month “transition” phase. At the end of this stage — 32 to 45 months after the invasion began — it was projected that the United States would have only 5,000 troops in Iraq.
Instead we're inexorably approaching 5,000 war dead and an occupation that under the White House's definition of victory, would have to span generations to achieve. And now we're supposed to trust that these same military geniuses have a plan to defuse Iran? Can we just cut off their contact with the outside world and lock them into their offices until 2009 instead? That would make me feel safer.
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Blogger RoseCovered Glasses said...

Had to comment on your posting, since your topic is the name of my blog.

Politicians make no difference.

We have bought into the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) ever since we took on Russia in the Cold WAR.

Through a combination of public apathy and threats by the MIC we have let the SYSTEM get too large. It is now a SYSTEMIC problem and the SYSTEM is out of control.

I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak.

There is no conspiracy. The SYSTEM has gotten so big that those who make it up and run it day to day in industry and government simply are perpetuating their existance.

The politicians rely on them for details and recommendations because they cannot possibly grasp the nuances of the environment and the BIG SYSTEM.

So, the system has to go bust and then be re-scaled, fixed and re-designed to run efficiently and prudently, just like any other big machine that runs poorly or becomes obsolete or dangerous.

This situation will right itself through trauma. I see a government ENRON on the horizon, with an associated house cleaning.

The next president will come and go along with his appointees and politicos. The event to watch is the collapse of the MIC.

For more details see:

6:03:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Thanks for the comment. You have a great blog RCG.

9:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is it about powerpoint that the neo cons love so much? they should ban it

3:48:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Banning powerpoint wouldn't stop them I'm afraid.

3:57:00 PM  

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