Monday, August 15, 2005

This Isn't What We Went to War For

Actually, God knows what we went to war for. But I can tell you straight, an Islamic Republic isn't it:

The United States no longer expects to see a model new democracy, a self-supporting oil industry or a society in which the majority of people are free from serious security or economic challenges, U.S. officials say.

"What we expected to achieve was never realistic given the timetable or what unfolded on the ground," said a senior official involved in policy since the 2003 invasion. "We are in a process of absorbing the factors of the situation we're in and shedding the unreality that dominated at the beginning."
But whatever the outcome on specific disputes, the document on which Iraq's future is to be built will require laws to be compliant with Islam. Kurds and Shiites are expecting de facto long-term political privileges. And women's rights will not be as firmly entrenched as Washington has tried to insist, U.S. officials and Iraq analysts say.

"We set out to establish a democracy, but we're slowly realizing we will have some form of Islamic republic," said another U.S. official familiar with policymaking from the beginning, who like some others interviewed would speak candidly only on the condition of anonymity. "That process is being repeated all over."

Wonderful! Interestingly, last Wednesday, I wrote this:

Thanks to Bush's stupid war, we are rapidly creating a second Shiite dictatorship in the Middle East, one which will rapidly ally itself with Iran, itself in the process of creating a nuclear capability. Will America remember whose fault this all was when the bomb goes off in Washington or New York? Yes, the conservative hero, George W. Bush. This is what your children are dying for.

Americans are dying to create another enemy state in the middle east. What a truly noble cause that is.


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