Saddam Promoted to Demi-God, Israel Nukes Iran in Frustration, Jesus Wept
How the hell did this happen?
I know, I know, another stupid Saddam post, but reading the headlines, my poor little brain is blown. The fallout from Saddam’s keystone cop execution is stunning. Italy has launched an international campaign to ban the death penalty partly because of this. And many people in the Arab world now view him in a much better light. Saddam went to his death with quiet dignity, unlike the hooting thugs who for all practical purposes lynched him. Even Bush’s lapdog Tony Blair is feeling the heat over the botched execution. Saddam as a poster boy for an anti-death penalty campaign, the mind reels.
However, what really gets me is what this says about Bush. The capture of Saddam was the one inarguable bright spot in the invasion of Iraq. The one casus belli that didn’t dissolve like a mirage once the war was “won.” No matter the missing WMDs, no matter the missing connections with Al-Qaeda, by God we took out Saddam! And now, in another stunning moment of incompetence on the part of Bush and his minions, Saddam’s death has been turned on its head and is as much a political victory for Bush’s enemies as it is a triumph of justice. Not to mention it making the situation worse in Iraq, very possibly intentionally on the part of the executioners. Bush has a legendary talent for turning gold into manure, a reverse Midas touch. It’s things like this that make me say the man could mess up a wet dream.
In other senses, no big deal, but I sure am tired of Bush and his crew making mistakes. Speaking of mistakes, 2006 was the worst year yet for US losses in Iraq. Yeah, we’re winning this war. Again, the sick truth is we could still win the war. 500,000 to a 1,000,000 US troops in an aggressive COIN operation might still pacify Iraq. It is possible to defeat an insurgency, the US managed to win the US Civil War for example. It however takes a boots on the ground 24-7 approach. Huge numbers of US soldiers need to not only hunt insurgents, they need to protect the civilian population from the insurgents. Only then will the people of Iraq come over to our side, right now all the US protects is the Green Zone and its own bases, while the Iraqi population is at the mercy of the insurgents.
This would of course entail great sacrifices on the part of America, sacrifices that neither the Repuglicans nor the Demoslimes have the leadership to call for. I really don’t know which party is more despicable at this point, we’ve become a nation of cowards who thinks we can get whatever we want if we just drop enough bombs. That isn’t how World War Two was won and it most certainly isn’t going to be how any fourth generation war will be won. In comic books an American soldier can take on any number of enemy soldiers. In sound military thinking land, aka reality, firepower is no substitute for boots on the ground doing the job that needs to be done. “Firepower can solve all problems” has been fabulous for war profiteers though, that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
In another example of “blowing things up will solve complex international problems” there is a report out that Israel intends to use nuclear weapons on Iran. I know this is a difficult concept for a lot of people to grasp, but if Israel is planning on surviving as a nation, it needs to make friends with its neighbours. Threatening to nuke them is not helping. Actually using nuclear weapons to attack Iran would be insanity in every sense of the word. It wouldn’t matter than the nukes were “small,” the so called “bunker buster” bombs. “Israel nukes Iran” would be the headline throughout the Arab and Muslim world. It’s hard to imagine that Israel would destroy whatever chance it still has to make peace with its neighbours in an effort to prevent something that isn’t much of a threat to Israel and very well might not even be happening. However, with a guy in the White House who thinks Israel can do no wrong, anything is possible. I’ll go take a Valium now.
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves. —Judges 3:7
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