Thursday, December 01, 2005

Analyses: The Speech, the Plan, the War

LOL. I'd call it a "dossier". It should be discredited as Tony Blair made the word, which once endowed the filthy intelligence that the US and UK used to justify the attack on a small nation that they had weakened for 12 years through sanctions.Steroids Detected In Dietary TabletsRogers Stays Cool In His Trial by Fire
Bush's ..er.... Rumsfeld's and Cheney's 'Strategy for Victory' suddenly finds masses of battle ready Iraqi battallions where one existed a few months ago, when Bush was assuring us it would be fun to stay in Iraq for years.Baseball Executive To Meet With CouncilCount On 3.1 Percent Pay Raise Come January
One point I want to make is that we are acting like Stalinists in support of a regime that is acting pretty Stalinist now. If anyone has complaints they get put in prison and tortured or they get shot.An Offering of Detail But No New SubstanceTop Oil Company Executives Retool Responses on Energy Task Force Roles
People ask how Iraq is like Vietnam. Well, that's the main way it is just like Vietnam. We will never win over the hearts and minds of the people if we support an Stalinist groups with Stalinist means.Zeroing Out the Messenger/u>With Places to Go And Penguins to See
If the Shiites and Kurds want to continue their repression of the Sunnis, I say get the hell out of there now. That is what President Kennedy was going to do with Vietnam. He had the order signed and on his desk to take out 1000 advisers by the end of 1963 when he was shot. His conversations to others show that he planned to take the rest out after the '64 elections, and that he would never commit regular troops to Vietnam as it would mean starting a draft. The reason for the withdrawal of the advisers was, according to sources I read, the fact that the people in charge of South Vietnam were tinpipe Stalinists, torturing, and executing at will. Terrorist Cells Find Foothold in BalkansInsurgents Attack U.S., Iraqi Forces in Ramadi14 Terror Suspects Detained In Belgium
The lesson is obvious: Do not support Stalinists in some cockeyed vision of "democracy on the march".Memo: Alito Urged Government to Challenge Roe v. WadeRoberts Seeks Middle Ground
Now we are paying for cooked news, nearly nonexistant rebuilding at billions of dollars per major RNC campaign contributor, and we've can't keep our concentration on our own country's needs. Hello! New Orleans! Anyone remember them? They really should secede and make us pay full price for their oil and port services.Study: U.S. Fisheries Discard 22% of CatchCalif. Court Won't Spare Gang FounderA Chip Off the Old Bloc
Robin Wright's President's 'Strategy for Victory' Does Not Address Problems is informative:
Analysts agreed with Bush that a politically motivated withdrawal could embolden extremists to believe the United States will "cut and run in the face of adversity"-- and risk the implosion of a strategic oil-rich country. But they disagreed with key assessments made by the administration on Iraq's military, on how important the U.S. mission in Iraq is to promoting democracy in the broader Middle East, and how much of Iraq has been rebuilt.
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Professor Martin van Crefeld of Hebrew University and Richard Clarke have a couple of good analyses of the war etc. too. There is a way out. The meeting between the major parties of Iraq in Cairo provided it, not much of anything that Bush ...er Cheney and Rumsfeld... have done so far.Holding Close Dixon and BlakeJohn Paul Times IISouth African Court Rules for Same-Sex Marriage

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., who is in Malawi in Reactions to Bush speech:
"The president's speech sounded like a plan for indefinite occupation of Iraq, not a strategy for our troops to be successful. It is now up to Congress to focus on a timetable to withdraw our troops from this civil war in Iraq."


From ajc.com:
The American people want to believe in their commander in chief. Particularly in wartime, they are eager to give a president every possible benefit of the doubt.

When their leader tells them that things are going well, as President Bush did Wednesday in his speech on Iraq, Americans want to believe him. They want to believe that the plan is working, that victory is attainable and growing closer.

But too often, President Bush has trashed that trust. Too many times he has told the American people things that turned out to be untrue. Too many times he has described situations in terms that turned out to be divorced from reality.

As a result, in poll after poll, roughly 60 percent of Americans say they no longer believe what the president tells them. In a recent Harris Poll, only 32 percent said the Bush administration "generally provides accurate information regarding current issues," while 64 percent said the administration "generally mislead(s) the public . . . to achieve their own end."

Some people attribute that collapse to the media, claiming that they have turned the American people against Bush through false and biased reporting. There's no denying that the Iraq described by reporters on the scene, and the Iraq described by the president, are two very different places.

But time is a good lie detector — it has a way of making the truth known. And in case after case, the version of events spun by the administration has turned out to be fantasy, while the version presented by the media has if anything proved too optimistic. And people have noticed.


Or as a guy on All Things Considered said yestersday (Paraphrased) You can't keep crying "Success" so many times and expect Americans to believe you.

BTW, the Pentagon says Oops People ask: "When is "oops" a big enough reason for impeachment?" How many have died both American and Iraqi, and how much of our nation's wealth is destroyed for this "Oops"?

Now I'm not sure I agree with Jim Hoagland's: assertion that we should leave the Iraqi troops with overwhelming weaponry. That just substitutes weapons for troops in their attempt to lord it over the Sunnis without compromise.

I'd want to see a little more than Cairo--or maybe the US command is (as they decided in Cairo) what is keeping the insurgency going, and what is adding the Stalinist tactics to the Shiite cause.

Hoagland notes that Virginia's Senator John Warner calls for troops to leave their weapons behind. How many military contractors do you suppose contribute to his campaign?

Small percentage of soldiers listened to president's speech in messhall in Baghdad.

And:

Middle East Press Sceptical about speech.

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