Tuesday, May 23, 2006

On the Ground in Iraq, Things Do Not Look Good

Don't let the military propaganda lie to you. What is happening in Iraq is not positive. In Blogging Baghdad today they attempted to talk with some students at a university in Baghdad. They were herded away because apparently:

They do have a right to be nervous on campus. According to Iraq’s Association of University Lecturers, 182 professors and academics have been assassinated since the start of the war. The group says another 85 have been kidnapped or survived attempts on their lives.
One student who would not give her name for fear of her life says this:
"I hope that it will succeed, but I don't think that it will. All of the students, we don’t know if we are going to live or die under the current situation."
Things are not good in Iraq because the planners of this war and "reconstruction" were criminally inept. Their hearts were not set on actual victory in Iraq, because for total victory you needed from the start a hell of a lot more soldiers on the ground than a mere 150,000. Remember that in the Gulf War in 1991, General Powell used HALF A MILLION soldiers to simply kick Hussein out of Kuwait. Who in their right minds thought a country as large as Iraq could have been transformed into a liberal-democracy on the cheap? Only those who are criminally inept. Things can improve in Iraq, but first things first. Those responsible for the failures and the destruction and deaths must be held accountable, including Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice.

2 Comments:

At 5/24/2006 05:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wonder if Bush admin regrets it yet

 
At 5/24/2006 09:04:00 AM, Blogger nicolaepadigone said...

maybe privately they may doubt it, but they will never let it out in the open. they live and die on what happens in Iraq.

 

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