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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Our Exit Strategy

posted by Jazz at 12/23/2004 01:12:00 PM


For everyone who keeps saying that we don't have an exit strategy in Iraq, think again. Molly Ivins, in her usual inimitable way, has come up with the perfect scenario to achieve what I think many of us are hoping for. (i.e. get our troops out of Iraq NOW.)

"The best we can hope for from this election is that the Shiite slate endorsed by Ali al-Sistani wins. That would be the slate pledged to ask the United States to leave the minute it gets in. With any luck, they'll ask politely."

As with most of her columns, there's a lot of good reading in this one. One point that she makes very well is that all of the whining by neocons about how the press makes too much out of the "bad news" from Iraq while ignoring the good is pretty much the exact opposite of the reality.

"Rumsfeld's mistakes may constitute an impressive list, but is there any evidence that this war could ever have worked out well?

"So far we have not brought democracy to Iraq. We have brought blood, killing and death.

"Our so-called liberal media do a pathetically inadequate job of telling us about the war because, first, it is too dangerous to cover most of the country, and second, reporters who are critical of the endeavor are blacklisted by our military. The few American reporters who speak Arabic are sending hair-raising reports.

"For evidence that the whole enterprise needed to be rethought from the beginning, I cite the Los Angeles Times story from June about the iconic image of this war -- the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in the great square in Baghdad. It was actually a U.S. Army psy-ops stunt staged to look like a spontaneous action by Iraqis.

"'It was a Marine colonel -- not joyous Iraqi civilians, as was widely assumed from the TV images -- who decided to topple the statue, the Army report said. And it was a quick-thinking Army psychological operations team that made it appear to be a spontaneous Iraqi undertaking,' wrote the Times.

"From then 'til this past election, when President Bush kept insisting that no more troops were necessary, we have been treated like mushrooms."

Well said, Molly. And I'd like to thank my not-so-secret Santa who sent me another of Molly's books from my Amazon wish list. :-)