From Dowd's Op-Ed in the NYT -- pretty harsh but there's some truth to it. And I think it's too early to say democratic hopes 'have been dashed'.
My point has always been that we are paying an awful price -- in lives and $$$ -- for the CHANCE -- read that again: "for a chance" that our policies will result in a democratic Iraq. And if we get that outcome, there is only A CHANCE that a democratic Iraq will act as some sort of example or stabilizing influence in the region (I still can't get anyone to explain how that will work? Is Saudi Arabia gonna hold open election because Iraq does? -- Remember, that's where a lot of this fundamentalism is bred...)
Not to mention that we KNOW that our policy is creating terrorists/insurgents (they are attacking us in Iraq, the Brits, etc and telling us that its because of our policies).
Why aren't the vast majority of Americans more solidly calling bull-sh*t on this president's policies? Thoughts?
The main point of writing a constitution was to move Sunnis into the mainstream and make them invested in the process, thereby removing the basis of the insurgency. But the Shiites and Kurds have frozen out the Sunnis, enhancing their resentment. So the insurgency is more likely to be inflamed than extinguished.
For political reasons, the president has a history of silence on America's war dead. But he finally mentioned them on Monday because it became politically useful to use them as a rationale for war - now that all the other rationales have gone up in smoke.
"We owe them something," he told veterans in Salt Lake City (even though his administration tried to shortchange the veterans agency by $1.5 billion). "We will finish the task that they gave their lives for."
What twisted logic: with no W.M.D., no link to 9/11 and no democracy, now we have to keep killing people and have our kids killed because so many of our kids have been killed already? Talk about a vicious circle: the killing keeps justifying itself.
Just because the final reason the president came up with for invading Iraq - to create a democracy with freedom of religion and minority rights - has been dashed, why stop relaxing? W. is determined to stay the course on bike trails all over the West.
This president has never had to pull all-nighters or work very hard, because Daddy's friends always gave him a boost when he flamed out. When was the last time Mr. Bush saw the clock strike midnight? At these prices, though, I guess he can't afford to burn the midnight oil.