Sunday, February 04, 2007

And then we'll all get ponies

This Washington Post headline kinda says it all:

Doubts Run Deep on Reforms Crucial to Bush's Iraq Strategy: Even Plan's Authors Say Political, Economic Changes May Fail

Stop me if you've heard this before.

The Bush administration is embarking on a course of action based on unrealistic and unlikely assumptions, all the while leaving no "plan B" should the plan, for which failure is the most likely outcome, fail.

Oh yeah, that's it, the entire Iraqi debacle.

To review.

  • -Non-existent WMD
  • -Being greeted as liberators
  • -Insurgency in its "last throes"

Not to mention all those countless "turning points".

It's truly remarkable that, despite a non-stop string of failures, the administration still maintains as its main underlying principle an unwavering certainty of its beliefs.

We don't have an administration, we have an administration fantasy league peopled by folks who've bought their way into government but think they're ready for the World Series.

But that's business as usual at BushCorp™.

Here's a thought I found particularly troubling, see if you can spot the problem (from the same story):

The foundation of the strategy is not new -- U.S. policy since the March 2003 invasion has been to use American military might, money and know-how to foster a peaceful Iraq with a unified government and a solid economy.


As they put the plan together, [US] officials held heated internal debates over whether Maliki was the right man to head such an effort. Some argued in favor of engineering a new Iraqi government under Maliki's Shiite coalition partner, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), and Hakim's political stalking horse, Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi. [Emphasis mine-CK]

Catch that?

The main goal is to set up a credible unified government.

To accomplish that goal the US in considering whether to topple the current democratically elected government.

And even if we don't topple the current government it will only be because Maliki has caved to US interests.

In other words the US is planning on undermining the Iraqi government in order to legitimize it in the eyes of the Iraqi people.

Nope, no problem there.

And after that does everyone get a pony?

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