Wednesday, December 13, 2006

My last nerve

I reached my limit today of the Iraq debate. The talking point that sent me over the edge was this notion of "victory is still the strategy"....deep breaths William *sigh*

VICTORY IS A GOAL NOT A STRATEGY! Now over three years after invading Iraq this administration is still grasping for what to do next. How about start bringing the troops home? How exactly is it possible for an exterior power to win a civil war?


At 9:28 AM, Blogger Lief said...

I hear you man.
I watched Lehrer News Hour the other night and they had some of the most insightful discussion about Iraq that I have heard.
They spoke about failing to understand the nationalism issues.
They spoke about failing to understand that the economy is important. One report puts the unemployment rate at 60%.
Think what this country would do if unemployment was that high? The Great Depression, by comparison only reached somewhere around 25-30% (wikipedia as source).
They talked about the admission by the administration that our strategy is failing is huge but just the tip of an enormous iceberg viewed at a distance in the fog.
The Titanic hasn't even begun to slow her engines yet and the worst is yet to come.
The captain is still in denial and pretty soon he and others will be heading for the exclusive lifeboats.

The rhetoric (as you describe) is infuriating.

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If any of them had read a history book they would never have gone there in the first place. Fools.

At 4:26 PM, Blogger William A. Smith said...


you are so right. I remember in the first year of the invasion there was some articles on the unemployment, as you state 60% lends itself to breed an angry population (especially young males).

A few things struck me back then, despite the unemployment figures the "coalition" was bringing in many foreigners to do cheap labor within Iraq; The US moved to disband unions that were already in place before we invaded, and I shook my head hearing about the cement factories in Iraq that were shut down at the same time the US was importing cement barriers from other middle east countries at a far higher cost than if those Iraqi companies were allowed to make them. Not the best way to endear yourself to the people.

Anon- Unless someone adapts "My Pet Goat" to a historical book I'm betting Bush stays clear of that section.

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Margy said...

Gosh you know, I think all of us were saying the same thing years ago. Nobody listens to reason evidently. What a putz. If only they were more like us!!


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