Sunday, April 17, 2005

Whose spinning us now?

After reading about the heroic triumph of the Iraqis who rescued fifteen shiite families this morning, I was under the distinct impression that this was convenient news for the Bush administration who was looking to the Iraq NG to take over, but who haven't been worth shit from day one. This story bears it out. The recent movie "Gunner Palace" gives hilarious footage of these bumblers who pretty clearly are there to earn a buck, and who it is apparent will cut and run at the first sign of trouble. The US efforts in Iraq have been pathetic and I don't think there is a single day that goes by which doesn't demonstrate how incompetent Don Rumsfeld and all the other clowns who failed to plan for the aftermath are.

I'm working for ten dollars an hour in a law library, and I saw this trouble coming from day one, along with a whole lot of other people. Kicking the crap out of a penny-ante dictator with an army that was designed to fight and defeat the former USSR war machine would be nothing. Building a nation (and this from the guy who got elected pointing out how Clinton was engaged in nation building and how bad an idea this was) was a whole other story.

If there is on lesson we should be learning in Iraq, it's that Saddam Hussein was a reflection of his nation in many ways. Who else but a brutal dictator of this sort could maintain peace among warring tribal factions with a seventh century mentality?

Nonetheless, I hold out hope that Iraq will become some liberal democracy. I'm not holding my breath.


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