Monday, December 19, 2005


George Bush Has Gone Plumb Loco

How else to explain his belief that "we have a strong ally" and also his belief that withdrawing US troops would "hand Iraq over to enemies." The BBC reports:
US President George W Bush has told Americans that Iraq is now a strong ally against terror and a force for democracy in the Middle East.

He went prime-time TV to defend the continuing US role in Iraq, rejecting the view that the war there was "not worth another dime or another day".

A US military pullout now, he said, would "hand Iraq over to enemies".
(Source: BBC News Bush hails Iraqi anti-terror role, Dec 18, 2005 [emphasis added.])
Interestingly, a US military pullout is likely to be one of the first things a democratically-elected Iraqi government will demand:
But Saleh al-Mutlak, a Sunni Arab nationalist who stood in the parliamentary election and has spoken up for insurgent views, said Americans were not welcome in Iraq and should leave.

His comments echoed those of outspoken Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who accused the Americans on Saturday of peddling their own agenda and disregarding Iraqis.
(Source: Reuters Cheney visits Iraq amid calls for US pullout, Dec 18, 2005)
If the Shiite and Sunni extremists agree that the US troops must go (undoubtedly so their respective militias can fight it out for supremacy) it is going to be very difficult to put together a government that will ask the US to stay...


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