Sunday, June 12, 2005


Bush League Losing the Drug War, Too

Seems like the war against terror isn't the only war W and his Bush league minions are losing in Iraq:
"The pattern is similar to what we have seen in other post-conflict situations," Ghodse said at a recent news conference. "Whether it is due to war or disaster, weakening of border controls and security infrastructure make countries into convenient logistic and transit points, not only for international terrorists and militants but also for drug traffickers. It is therefore all the more important that both the government of Iraq as well as the international community act swiftly and take preventive measures before the situation escalates."
(Source: Washington Post Iraq Used For Transit Of Drugs, Officials Say, June 12, 2005.)
Increased terrorism, contents of unguarded ammunition bunkers disappearing, "dual-use" equipment for making WMDs vanishing, increased opium poppy farming in Afghanistan, and now drug smuggling across Iraq's largely unguarded borders and the threat of drug-smuggling riches corrupting yet another government in the South America cocaine model. Wow, I'm sure impressed with W's "leadership" and "vision."

But maybe that's unfair, after all, who could have forseen such chaos? Other than the British, of course:
Memo: U.S. Lacked Full Postwar Iraq Plan
Advisers to Blair Predicted Instability

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 12, 2005; Page A01

A briefing paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers eight months before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq concluded that the U.S. military was not preparing adequately for what the British memo predicted would be a "protracted and costly" postwar occupation of that country.
In its introduction, the memo "Iraq: Conditions for Military Action" notes that U.S. "military planning for action against Iraq is proceeding apace," but adds that "little thought" has been given to, among other things, "the aftermath and how to shape it."
Saying that "we need to be sure that the outcome of the military action would match our objective," the memo's authors point out, "A post-war occupation of Iraq could lead to a protracted and costly nation-building exercise." The authors add, "As already made clear, the U.S. military plans are virtually silent on this point...
(Emphasis added.)
The problem with ignoring reality is that sooner or later it bites you in the butt - just to get your attention. I wonder whether W and his Bush League minions are paying attention yet?


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