Wednesday, November 15, 2006
To here General Abizaid talk the only concern we have is Iraq. It is taking place in a bubble. He spoke as if the situation was all part of the plan of "campaign" as he put it. His assertion that we have to "embed" our forces into the new Iraqi security forces seems like a rehash of the old policy of: train the Iraqis to fight the war we pushed them into.
I would argue with Mr. Levin that we gave the Iraqis really NO opportunity to advance a democracy because we NEVER gave them a stable nation in which to build such a state. Our war-on-the-cheap has led directly to the current situation. Now the political will is no longer there to take the costs of finishing the job we started for ourselves. It is pretty piss poor to blame the Iraqi's since we are the ones who started this ball rolling not them.
The problems of controlling the civil war in Iraq are now so monumental that I can see no way to accomplish that goal. Unless massive troop deployments were to occur. This is not likely to happen. Again I would say that Carl Levin et al need to ask the question is the situation winnable, or solvable? What will it cost to solve it? And do we want to spend what it will cost? Of the answer to either the first of last question is no then the troops need to be withdrawn right now. Despite the catastrophe that would happen, since it already seems to have happened.