Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Powell's break with the administration

Yeah, it was back in Dec, but Colin Powell finally decided to speak out about the fiasco of foreign policy:

Former secretary of state Colin L. Powell said yesterday that the United States is losing what he described as a "civil war" in Iraq and that he is not persuaded that an increase in U.S. troops there would reverse the situation. Instead, he called for a new strategy that would relinquish responsibility for Iraqi security to the government in Baghdad sooner rather than later, with a U.S. drawdown to begin by the middle of next year.
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The summer's surge of U.S. troops to try to stabilize Baghdad failed, he said, and any new attempt is unlikely to succeed. "If somebody proposes that additional troops be sent, if I was still chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, my first question . . . is what mission is it these troops are supposed to accomplish? . . . Is it something that is really accomplishable? . . . Do we have enough troops to accomplish it?"

Instead, we're likely to sacrifice more American lives before we finally begin to drawdown forces and hand the problem over to those who are perpetuating it: the Iraqi people.

9 comments:

skip sievert said...

It only gets worse from here.

Reign of Reason said...

Nah... I think the country is ready for someone somewhat more sane in the big chair.

skip sievert said...

It does not matter who sits in the big chair. Our system is run by thugs. Politicians are a criminal class. Legalized crime.
Military/Industrial/Congressional
complex.
Our system itself has failed. It is an antique that relys on a caste/class and money/fear aspect that collides with the reality of resource destruction and growing population .
Chaos results . The system is going to destroy itself. As we grasp this bubble of destruction , it prevents a thoughtful rescue, of new thinking.
Change is still possible , but for now all Politicians support this war , or expanding war elsewhere.
It is an economic issue. It creates growth and a Price System must grow by hook or by crook.
There is going to be a loud snapping sound soon. SNAP.
Our system is going to break. That which ceases to function , ceases to exist.

Anonymous said...

I think they will hold the system together just enough to keep it pumping money out. To do that they will have to throw us dogs a little bone here or there just to make us think we are actually part of the system. Will a war with Iran pull everyone together? What if they attack us?


What is your time line for war with Iran?

I say we will be at war by the end of Summer possibly by Spring.

Bush will of course be responding to some aggressive act by Iran (real or not)so Bush will bypass congress and strike. Then my nightmare gets worse.

J

Reign of Reason said...

I hope you are wrong.

Maybe fearless leader has learned his lesson (re: starting wars). I believe he is continuing in a effort to save-face: for both his presidency and the nation. Both bad motives for continuing hostilities.

As for Iran -- diplomacy and engagement is the only sane answer. But with insane leaders, who knows what's in store.

skip sievert said...

The projection is for the war to expand. More resources from the U.S. destroyed to make more money , which makes the system expand.
Spring or by April perhaps is the timeline , but that could change.

With a system that relys on expansion war is the short cut, fall back position , always.
People like Bush never 'learn lessons'
Money is the only lesson they know.

Reign of Reason said...

I disagree skip.

While money is a motivator, people like our 'fearless leader' are also motivated by their sense of "good and evil".

Yeah, he's a shill for big-bid'ness, but he also believes that countries that defy our "moral imperative" deserve to be smacked down.

Don't underestimate the power of (religious) conviction.

Anonymous said...

I am not so sure Bush's biggest conviction is religious.

J

skip sievert said...

Religious dissemblers go hand in hand with Political liars.
Propaganda and brainwashing controls most of the population.
Who is actually in charge.?
Lets all look into the mirror.

Tragic society that is bent on destroying itself with the current template.
This type of society is only rewarding the bad behavior that is required for the Price System to keep growing.
There are alternatives.