Wednesday, December 22, 2004


Cutting and Running

Eric Alterman notes today that even the hawks over at Rand are saying we've lost the war in Iraq. The question is whether anyone can get Bush or the PNAC Platoon leader Cheney to listen. BushCo's using the January elections as a marker. They're insisting on sticking to the January deadline, in spite of the pleas from various Iraqi factions to push them back a few months. The idea is that once the elections are held, they can then claim, in the face of all the evidence, that Iraq is now firmly on the road to becoming a sound, healthy, democratic nation. And doing that gives them, so they hope, the ability to pull out of Iraq without looking like the abject, bloody-handed, oil-addled failures that they are. The insurgents, of course, understand this perhaps even better than BushCo itself, which is why they are doing everything they can to make it impossible to have elections next month. If you haven't already, go read Kos diarist Pericles' essay on terrorist strategy to see just how much smarter these guys are than BushCo.

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