Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Regional conflagration possible warns US Ambassador to Iraq

[US ambassador to Baghdad] Zalmay Khalilzad broke with the Bush administration's generally upbeat orthodoxy to present a stark profile of a volatile situation in danger of sliding into chaos....Mr Khalilzad suggested the situation was so dangerous that without a substantial US presence, a civil war could suck in other Arab countries on the side of the Sunnis and Iran on the side of the Shias, creating conditions for a regional conflict and disrupting global oil supplies. "That would make Taliban Afghanistan look like child's play," he said.|Guardian|
There is obviously a conflict within this administration regarding how many troops to keep troops in Iraq. Elsewhere I've discussed the fact that the US Military is stretched periously thin by simultaneous open-ended commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan on top of its regular commitments around the globe, although I admit it's a pretty rambling post. For a more succinct summary of the challenges facing the US military today see the Human Stain's post, the Broken Army.

Against this backdrop, the Bush administration is surely between a rock and a hard place. "With his remarks, Mr Khalilzad may have been lobbying Washington to keep as many American soldiers there as possible. The Bush administration is anxious to reduce the US military presence for political and military reasons." |Guardian|

What a mess. I realize that chanting I told you so! at the Bushies doesn't move us towards a solution to the international crisis that a civil war in Iraq will cause, but the fact that the current debacle was entirely foreseeable and the Bushies launched headlong into this moronic war despite much advice (and law) to the contrary, just makes me boil over with fury at the incompetence of this administration.

My positing solutions to the crisis is pointless, since I'm not elected to represent this country and futile because the dummies running the executive branch wouldn't recognize a good idea if they heard it.

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