Thursday, April 22, 2004
::: Bush Administration and Pentagon Delusional :::
Coalition Memo And Seeds Of Civil War
Our leaders need to get their head out of ... hmmmm...
wherever they have stuck them.
As the situation in Iraq grows ever more tenuous, the Bush administration continues to spin the ominous news with matter-of-fact optimism. According to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Iraqi uprisings in half a dozen cities, accompanied by the deaths of more than 100 soldiers in the month of April alone, is something to be viewed in the context of "good days and bad days," merely "a moment in Iraq's path towards a free and democratic system." More recently, the president himself asserted, "Our coalition is standing with responsible Iraqi leaders as they establish growing authority in their country."
But according to a closely held Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) memo written in early March, the reality isn't so rosy. Iraq's chances of seeing democracy succeed, according to the memo's author - a U.S. government official detailed to the CPA, who wrote this summation of observations he'd made in the field for a senior CPA director - have been severely imperiled by a year's worth of serious errors on the part of the Pentagon and the CPA, the U.S.-led multinational agency administering Iraq. Far from facilitating democracy and security, the memo's author fears, U.S. efforts have created an environment rife with corruption and sectarianism likely to result in civil war.
Wow ... this is even more fun ... an addition to the sad story.
Ahmed Chalabi: The Movie
Ahmad Chalabi has the biggest cajones since P.T. Barnum, the pumped-up carney-barker who might have coined the phrase, "There’s a sucker born every minute."
A charming, ever-so-resilient Iraqi rogue, Mr. Chalabi is hustling to consummate a stunning caper. If only someone would pay me to write the screenplay, a sequel to my childhood favorite, young Tony Curtis in "The Thief of Baghdad."
Ah ... I was thinking Chalabi was to be the pipeline to Iraqi Oil .. Yes? / No?
When - or if - Washington hands over nominal sovereignty to whichever group of Iraqis on June 30, will our Ahmad become Prime Minister, as top Pentagon civilians and their neo-conservative cronies originally hoped? Or, will the White House ban him from a new caretaker government, as the UN’s Lakhdar Brahimi reportedly wants?
Either way, will the shameless scoundrel and his American co-conspirators - I use the term advisedly - hold onto enough Iraqi oil and American-financed construction contracts to become as rich as their greedy hearts desire?
When macho American "boots on the ground" stomp on one prayer mat too many, what will the locals do to Ahmad? Will we have a chase scene?
Check out the screenplay for Chalabi, The Movie."
Get it together!