Wednesday, November 30, 2005

"George Bush, Meet Reality"

President's speech on Iraq strategy conjures a dreamworld
"America will not run in the face of car bombers and assassins so long as I am your commander-in-chief," says Bush, the man who squirmed his way out of Vietnam duty.

All of this seems removed from reality, in which the U.S. can’t guarantee security and its allies in the Iraqi military are commonly viewed as U.S. puppets sent out to conduct torture. The Iraqis want the U.S. out.

Most of all, Bush himself and his strategy statement omit oil, a major reason--if not the only reason--for invading Iraq to begin with. And here the U.S. is on the verge of executing a total takeover of the once nationalized industry, turning it instead into a privatized business to be run by the big international companies--descendants of the original oil companies that colonized Iraq to begin with.
Let me repeat that one sentence: Iraqis want the U.S. out.

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windspike said...

I forget who said this on NPR a while back, but it is never more salient - "Iraqis won't be able to stand up until the US stands down." Essentially, this suggest that if we don't trust the Iraqis enough to move our troops home and give them the room and ability to run their own country, they never will. This has to do with the same biblical story about teaching a man to fish versus giving him a fish. If the US is always doing the fighting for them, they won't be able to fight. I know it's a catch twenty two, but hey, there is a certain amount of logic to it.

Sar said...

Because our leaving will result in what, violence? Gee, good thing that's not happening now. Makes me batty!

SheaNC said...

Well, you both know where I stand: I believe policy is to create a permanent presence in the middle east, so all the talk of leaving is just smoke and mirrors from the neocons.