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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Lessons ignored

America's finest reporter, Seymour Hersh, examines the future of the Iraq conflict and further Bush administration delusions. Hersh paints George Bush as a man led by religious conviction, removed from reality and ignoring the wishes of his military commanders:

"A key element of the drawdown plans, not mentioned in the President’s public statements, is that the departing American troops will be replaced by American airpower. Quick, deadly strikes by U.S. warplanes are seen as a way to improve dramatically the combat capability of even the weakest Iraqi combat units. The danger, military experts have told me, is that, while the number of American casualties would decrease as ground troops are withdrawn, the over-all level of violence and the number of Iraqi fatalities would increase unless there are stringent controls over who bombs what."

Once again, America has learnt nothing from Vietnam. The insurgency will grow and the US will, in time, exit in defeat.

5 Comments:

Blogger Wombat said...

There is a qt movie of an interview with Wolf Blitzer here.

http://movies.crooksandliars.com/Late-Edition-Sy-.mov

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 11:00:00 am  
Blogger brokenleg said...

Sedition antony!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 4:18:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Let's hope so. A sedition charge would do wonders for my career...and weight loss program.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 4:36:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

"The danger, military experts have told me, is that, ...the over-all level of violence and the number of Iraqi fatalities would increase unless there are stringent controls over who bombs what."

That's a 'danger' according to military experts, but not self-evidently a 'problem' in the mind of the current administration.

(The only thing that annoys me about Hersh's analyses is that he constantly presents Bush the man as actually making decisions. It's just an inverted 'Great Man Theory of History'. 'The Administration' - a seething, contradictory bureaucratic mass - makes the decisions. Bush's sole function is to read speeches...incredibly poorly.)

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 4:48:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Yes I tend to agree Edward. I think Hersh gives far too much credit to Bush the man, as oppsed to his handlers like Cheney. He maked the assumtion that Bush is an ideologue of his own volition, rather than an emoty vessel who was filled by the ideology of other.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 12:37:00 am  

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