the pussification of the american male...,
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"check his sources"...,
give them enough rope:
Do those promulgating "Iraqization" and a "timetable" based upon the ability of the US-backed government to defend itself remember that we're refusing to equip the Iraqi government with the tools required for such an effort? The administration was not supplying them in 2004 and after numerous reports is still not supplying them in November of 2005 [and on the same topic, via cole]. Do they remember that the "number of Iraqi army battalions that can fight insurgents without US and
coalition help has dropped from three to one? Why have we been purposefully keeping the new Iraqi government weak? We could wildly speculate but we don't really know why we're there in the first place.
If, as the Loyal Opposition now believes, the Administration lied about its casus belli then what do they think the actual motive was? That our objective has been for "free and fair elections [to] be conducted without foreign influence"? I bet! Lacking any honest assessment, let alone national discussion, of why we are in Iraq it seems shortsighted to me that anybody suggest that we continue to give the administration rope enough to continue prosecuting its dubious objectives. If you somehow got so far as to pass such legislation, for instance, "that the US should only make this airstrike capability available for defensive operations" then they will simply call all their operations "defensive responses". Hell, that's the pretext for the invasion to begin with.
If we're to pretend that the administration somehow sees as its first priority the prevention or mitigation of a civil war then the way out looks pretty clear, and they haven't taken it.
update: Ah, Jon Stewart raises this very question with Nancy Pelosi on the Daily Show, and she enlightens us with "[Bush invaded Iraq] just because he wanted to"! Brilliant.
:: posted by buermann @ 2005-11-28 13:40:44 CST |
In case you're interested Chomsky is debating Alan Dershowitz tonight at the Kennedy School of Government at 7pm est. It's being streamed online: http://www.iop.harvard.edu/events_forum.html
posted by sansfrontieres
@ 2005-11-29 14:09:38 | link
posted by buermann
@ 2005-11-29 15:33:03 | link