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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Price We'll Pay

From the recent Rolling Stone essay reviewing the findings of a panel of experts discussing Leaving Iraq, The Grim Truth:
The war in Iraq isn't over yet, but -- surge or no surge -- the United States has already lost. That's the grim consensus of a panel of experts assembled by Rolling Stone to assess the future of Iraq. "Even if we had a million men to go in, it's too late now," says retired four-star Gen. Tony McPeak, who served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War. "Humpty Dumpty can't be put back together again."

Those on the panel -- including diplomats, counterterror analysts and a former top military commander -- agree that President Bush's attempt to secure Baghdad will only succeed in dragging out the conflict, creating something far beyond any Vietnam-style "quagmire." The surge won't bring an end to the sectarian cleansing that has ravaged Iraq, as the newly empowered Shiite majority seeks to settle scores built up during centuries of oppressive rule by the Sunni minority. It will do nothing to defuse the powder keg that an independence-minded Kurdistan, in Iraq's northern provinces, poses to the governments of Turkey, Syria and Iran, which have long brutalized their own Kurdish separatists. And it will only worsen the global war on terror...
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|| JM, 12:07 AM


Just got my issue a minute ago in the mail. Please already lets leave!
Blogger Mary, at 2:24 PM  
Why? Why can't we leave! This is insane. Of course, we have an insane president, so it does make sense that way. The tombstones should read, killed by a maniac.
Blogger Peacechick Mary, at 6:55 PM  
Reading the book "Web of Deceit" about how bush the first totally fucked around with the first Iraq war and watching bush the second idiot totally fuck this one all to hell is enough to make one go completely crazy.

We lost this war when we failed to secure Baghdad as we rolled in. We lost whatever faith the Iraqi people might have had in us when they realized they were on their own when it came to security. That was the day we should have packed up and headed home.
Blogger pissed off patricia, at 1:44 PM  

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