No Light, Just Tunnel: The Bipartisan Guarantee of Continuing War in Iraq by Chris Floyd

Dandelion Salad

Written by Chris Floyd
Sunday, 12 August 2007

Our text for today is from the New York Times:

Even as they call for an end to the war and pledge to bring the troops home, the Democratic presidential candidates are setting out positions that could leave the United States engaged in Iraq for years. John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator, would keep troops in the region to intervene in an Iraqi genocide and be prepared for military action if violence spills into other countries. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York would leave residual forces to fight terrorism and to stabilize the Kurdish region in the north. And Senator Barack Obama of Illinois would leave a military presence of as-yet unspecified size in Iraq to provide security for American personnel, fight terrorism and train Iraqis.

My word, this is certainly a surprise! Who ever would have thought that the most “serious” Democratic candidates would take such a position? Why, I suppose this means that if a “serious” Democrat gets elected president, the war crime in Iraq (which is what the old-timers used to call it when you aggressively invaded a country that hadn’t attacked you and occupied their land with your troops) will go on — just the same as if a “serious” Republican gets elected!

And they say there is no unity in our politics, no bipartisan consensus in Washington!

The NYT article is a hoot and a half — or it would be, if the farce was not spattered with so much blood. Dig, if you will, this serious knitting of analytical brows:

Among the challenges the next president could face in Iraq, three seem to be resonating the most: What to do if there is a genocide? What to do if chaos in Iraq threatens to engulf the region in a wider war? And what to do if Iraq descends into further lawlessness and becomes the staging ground for terrorist attacks elsewhere, including in the United States?

Grave challenges, indeed. But why do they await the next president, when they are happening right now — when, in fact, they were guaranteed to happen as soon as the criminal action was launched?


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