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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Too late

US failure in Iraq gathers speed:

"To avoid failure of its mission in Iraq, the George W. Bush administration has been driven to seek the help of two major enemies - the Sunni insurgents and the government of Iran - but both initiatives have failed to make progress because officials were not given any real negotiating authority.

"U.S. officials in Baghdad are now pursuing contacts with both declared enemies, with the aim of obtaining their cooperation in overcoming otherwise seemingly insurmountable obstacles to success in Iraq. In both cases, however, the White House has been unwilling to approve concessions required to reach a deal benefiting both sides.

"Administration policymakers have apparently recognised that, without the help of Iran and the Sunni insurgent leaders, it faces the likelihood of spiralling sectarian violence, undiminished Sunni armed resistance, al Qaeda terrorist havens and predominant Iranian political influence."

The US doesn't deal with "terrorists", of course, unless it's desperate (or it serves a strategic purpose). The situation in Iraq is so dire, the Bush administration will do anything it takes to try and calm the divided nation. A failed policy cannot be redeemed.


Blogger Wombat said...

It's looking increasingly possible that Murtha's porediction of a US withdrawl by the end of the year is looking increasignly likely. He just has to come up with way to convince the US public that they victory has been achieved.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 3:00:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

and on a brighter note the air war option is being excersized effectively in Pakistan where our ally in the war against terror is a bit pissed that a CIA strike in a house in west Pakistan killed 17 people. Apparently the Egyptian big guy terrorist wasn't there as originally thought. But wait! There were foreign ...ers there among the dead. (so that's alright).

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 7:41:00 pm  
Blogger boredinHK said...

Any comments on the Iraq / AWB bribery situation ?
Apparently there is an enquiry going on but everyones suffering from faulty memory disease.

I don't want to appear cynical when I don't have many facts in front of me but what a government we have down there in Canberra ?

Supply wheat to Iraq , pay massive bribes to get the deal done , denounce the same Government as evil ,mad ,suicide bomber supporting WMD owner , keep the wheat going in but participate in the naval blockade to try and stop smuggled oil shipments , participate in invasion and then send experts to help rebuild their shattered agricultural production. This isn't so useful as there is an insurgency - hey, no problem, buy more wheat from us !
Ah, the Country Party - the backbone of the nation.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:13:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

orang, re the Pakistan bombing, see Iqbal Khaldun's comments.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:54:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

thanks veg. News today was that the US says there was Al Qaida men killed. Phew, just as well eh?

The point to ponder; This operation is in a country which is our ally. It is a sensitive situation, we do not want to fuck up. So we have been very very cautious. So imagine that we have been trying to get this guy for months, and when we do bomb the place we
a) miss the guy.
b) kill a bunch of innocent people.
-This is in a country we love!

Now imagine what is happening and will happen in Iraq when the gutless wonders will transform a boots on the ground occupation to an air police excersize. ...and with no reporters in sight. Only the occasional intrepid lefty Fisk-like report every six months describing the carnage, while we contemplate the next State of Origin or world cup...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 7:49:00 am  

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