This past week, the number of American troops killed in
Many folks donâ€™t remember the Vietnam War, but American combat involvement there lasted approximately twelve years. So the Iraqi war is already half-way there.
The Vietnam War was known for something else: over fifty-five thousand American troops dead. That grim number, almost fourteen times the number of US dead in
But that is absolutely no excuse for carrying on the pointless Iraqi war. While there is evidence that the increased number of US troops deployed in Bushâ€™s much-touted â€œsurgeâ€ has increasedthe security on the ground somewhat, albeit only temporarily, it has failed miserably in its ultimate goal, which was to provide the Iraqi government the breathing room it purportedly needed to fix itself and unite the country.
Recent news reports confirm that the Iraqi war is truly a civil war. Headlines today reported that the Mehdi Army, which is the militia of hard-line Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, has withdrawn from its cease-fire with the Iraqi government. This is a Shiite cleric and his army fighting against the Shiite Iraqi government at its army, by the way.
In all of this time, the Iraqi government has shown itself to be totally incapable of governing, despite being propped up militarily and economically by the Bush Syndicate. You will recall that it was Bush who got us into this mess under false pretenses in the first place. After over five years, the Iraqi government cannot foment national reconciliation, cannot effect fair oil revenue sharing, cannot find a way to be inclusive of the three major segments of Iraqi society (Shiite, Sunni, and Kurd), and cannot even get the electricity to work in most places for more than four hours a day.
And perhaps the worst of all, they cannot get a viable army up and running, despite the fact that the
Of course, GW Bush and his Syndicate have a legacy to protect (like protecting a toxic waste dump). Bushâ€™s administration has recently announced a â€œpauseâ€ in troop reduction in Iraq past the thirty-thousand â€œsurgeâ€ troops that were only supposed to be their for six months. That was over a year ago.
Bush wants to leave the scenario status quo for the next president to deal with. He would preserve the situation for McCain to continue ad nauseam. And even if a democrat wins, which is more likely, he provides the republican party fodder to blame the democrats for â€œcutting and runningâ€ as they bring American combat troop involvement to an end.
He also does something else with this â€œpauseâ€, at least in his own mind: he doesnâ€™t further harm his already-soiled legacy. He believes that no matter what happens he wonâ€™t be the one that lost the war in
Many people are too young to remember Nixon and the Vietnam War. But a lot of those who do remember used to believe that Nixon was the worst president that even lived. Now, however, at least partly because of
One thing that Nixon got right was that, for better or worse, he had to stop the carnage of American combat soldiers in