Wednesday, February 06, 2008
This Day in the History of Empty Rhetoric
Labels: Bill Clinton; Tony Blair; Iraq
Anyone who thought seriously that democracy could succeed in the short run, and therefore the long long,in Iraq is an idiot.
W/ respect to foreign policy, there are many reasons to act or to refrain. Wishful thinking is not among them.
How long has the al Malaki government been in power? The answer is since April 22, 2006, the parlimentary elections having been held in December 2005. How long has the surge been going on? Since January 10, 2007.
One primary purpose of the surge was to increase security and quash violence so as to allow the Iraqi government to move forward w/ necessary legislation like that governing the sharing of oil revenues.
You know what occurs when the government of a country is unable to accomplish anything? You have a failed state.
I keep telling you, Roger, the only similarity between Iowa ans Iraq is that both begin w/ "I" and have four letters.
Earler ths week, I heard an an interview w/ 3 foreign journalists on ATC: one German; one French; and one Polish.
On observed that the overwhelming attitude in his country was that our political system was about as perfect as it gets.
It is somewhere between annoying and discouraging that our congress has failed to address major issues that are confronting our country.
But there is no valid comparison between the Iraqi federal government and our own.
What things are being accomplished on the state level? The quelling of al Qaeda? I will grant you that is occuring although al Qaeda is pernicious and seems to appear elaewhere once it is driven out a particular area.
There are 4 million internal and external refugees in Iraq. Fewer Iraqis are returning than a few months ago. Al Qaeda anbd the militias targeted the professional class.
Upon what progress do you base your optimism? I am perfectly willing to be sold.