WASHINGTON, June 21 — The Senate was immersed today in an impassioned and prolonged debate over Iraq, with Republicans accusing Democrats of lacking the resolve to see the war to an honorable end and Democrats accusing Republicans of election-year politics…
Mr. McCain said that the Bush administration had made "serious mistakes" in Iraq, but that withdrawing prematurely would be a far more serious one. "Iraqi forces are not yet capable of securing the country," he said.
The options available to the United States are what they have always been, Mr. McCain said: "Withdraw and fail, or commit and succeed."
Succeed at what??? What exactly is it that we're hoping to win in Iraq?
A global defeat of terrorism? That'd be a neat trick since Osama bin Laden--the guy who murdered 3000 Americans on live TV--is and has been for the last four years in Pakistan. At best, a "victory" in Iraq might actually manage to stop Iraq from being a training ground and net exporter of terrorists.
Though, I can only get so excited about that since Iraq had no terrorists in it before Bush stupidly invaded the country.
I mean, that's stupid. A trillion dollars--and make no mistake, this fiasco is going to cost a trillion dollars--and thousands of lives to stamp out terrorism in a country where there would be no terrorists if we hadn't invaded to stamp out a terrorist threat, which, of course, never existed.
I can't call that a victory. Even if it happens. I just can't see how we won anything. It seems like a giant fucking stupid waste.
But what else? What else are we going to win? The Amazing Shrinking and Expanding Iraqi security forces, when not shooting Americans, are going to secure the country, and the Great Iraqi Democracy is going to take root, and thrive, and spread it's American Eagle like wings over the whole region?
That's what we're going to "win"?
TEHRAN, Iran -- To Iran's west lies a natural ally and perhaps its most potent weapon in the international fray over its nuclear program. While Iran and Iraq were arch enemies during the rule of Saddam Hussein, all signs point to an increasingly robust relationship now that Shiites have achieved a dominant role in the Iraqi leadership.
It's a bond that has yet to reach its potential _ in large part because the U.S.-led invasion is responsible for Iraqi Shiites being at the top of the political heap for the first time in modern history. Iraqi Shiites are not looking the gift horse in the mouth…
"Iran has a clear strategic depth in Iraq and there is an alliance between Iran and the upcoming Iraqi powers," said Iranian political analyst Mashallah Shamsolvaezin. "Iran hasn't utilized that option yet and it's a card that will be very influential."
The government of Iraq, with or without American firepower, is going to be an Islamic, Iranian friendly theocracy. That's it.
That is the best you can possibly hope for.
It already is.
It might be an Islamic Theocracy which pretty much minds its own business. Or it might be one that flexes it's gigantic petro-dollar muscles, assisting Iran and Pakistan with missile technology and nuclear weapons, while exporting Islamic theocracy all across the mid-east.
But that's it.
Maybe it'll be a theocracy that tolerates the Sunnis, but then, the Sunnis have grown to despise America and support al Qaeda. Maybe it'll be theorcracy that unleashes genocide against the Sunnis. Then the Sunni problem will be gone and the Shiites can get down to business of being Iran's new best friend.
And if Americans leave, then the Iran friendly Islamic theocratic government will surely disavow all those oil contracts with American corporations the CPA shoved down their throats. So Americans can't leave.
Which means the plan is to stay in Iraq forever. At an appalling cost. And every two years, have this same debate in Congress.
But that's it. That's what's in the pot. Is anybody, is one single American going to feel like they've won anything if that's what we get? And no one has realistically suggested we're going to get anything but that.
There is nothing to be won.
This debate is nearly as stupid as the coverage of it. Tell the American people. Tell them.
Here's what you stand to win! And here's what you stand to lose.
For God's sakes, someone tell them the truth.