The Five Iraqs By Scott Ritter

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By Scott Ritter
Jan. 1, 2008

It has become a mantra of sorts among the faltering Republican candidates: Victory is at hand in Iraq. Mitt Romney, in particular, has taken to so openly embracing the “success” of the U.S. troop “surge” that it has become the centerpiece of his litany of attacks on the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton.

“Think of what’s happened this year,” Romney recently implored a crowd in Iowa. “General [David] Petraeus came in to report to Congress and Hillary Clinton said she couldn’t believe him. She said she just couldn’t believe General Petraeus. Now think about that. He’s been proven to be right. He should be on the cover, by the way, of Time magazine, and not Putin.”

Clinton, for her part, has stood her ground. Addressing a crowd of voters in Iowa, she took a swipe back at Romney: “We all know the Republican candidates are just plain wrong when they declare mission accomplished about the troop surge.” She went on to note that U.S. casualty figures in Iraq for 2007 were at an all-time high, and that for all of the positive reports concerning the surge, Iraq remains a nation on the verge of a civil war, no closer today to a political solution than it was before the escalation. She promised that, if nominated, “I will not hesitate to go toe to toe with Republicans in the debates to end the war as quickly and responsibly as possible.”


via Truthdig

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  2. In reading the above rather bleak and negative portrayal of the current situation in Iraq it become more than clear to me that it’s author, Scott Ritter, possesses very little in the way relative foresightedness, in respects to what Iraq might look like some ten years or so down the road. Keeping in mind that we are speaking of a nation and people whose experience with, what we in this country know as democracy, for less than five years now. All one has to do to better understand and appreciate, as well as to attain even a reasonable perspective, regarding the Iraq of today, is to consider the rather chaotic state of affairs as they existed in Germany and Japan at the end of World war Two – verses what those same two countries have become today, in the year 2008. It is nothing short of pure stupidity to not fully take into account just how profound timing really is – particularly so as it pertains the the rebuilding of a whole nation, as well as the overall psychological dynamics of it’s people – such as it is with Iraq. It makes me wonder where Mister Ritter’s level of intellectual honesty truly lies and to what degree he chooses to priortize his own political agenda(s). It’s really quite sad.

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