August 18, 2005

Completion of What?

Dick Cheney says:

... "Every man and woman who fights and sacrifices in this war is serving a just and noble cause. This nation will always be grateful to them and we will honor their sacrifice by completing our mission," Cheney said during a speech in Springfield, Mo., to the 73rd national convention of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. ...

And what mission would that be? The complete destruction of the rest of Iraq's infrastructure, the further incitement of a nascent civil war, or the midwifing of a new Shi'ite Islamic state allied with Iran? Which one of those do you think we're closest to accomplishing, Mr. Cheney, and how many more Purple Hearts are you willing to give out to get there?

Posted by natasha at August 18, 2005 11:03 PM | Iraq | Technorati links |

I will pick # 3 "midwifing of a new Shi'ite Islamic state allied with Iran". That seems to be what the Iraqi politicians want to establish, and also pretty popular with the Iraqi people.

So much for this "Axis of Evil" nonsense. We really should have tried to make peace with the Iranians after 9/11. Would have made it a lot easier to deal with (or dispose) of their mortal enemy Saddam Hussein.

I think the Iraqi civil war will really take off when U.S. troops leave. And the Shi'ite and Kurdish forces (and their Iranian allies) won't be nearly so humane to the Sunni population as U.S. forces are constrained to be.

Posted by: Richard Pope at August 19, 2005 12:56 AM

Toon of the Day:Rummy & Coke

Posted by: jjoats at August 19, 2005 07:00 AM

Richard - You're probably right, and whatever happens the Sunnis will likely be targets for retribution after all the years of Hussein's rule.

Iran did tone thigs down a lot after 9-11, and they were key in negotiating the truce in Afghanistan, bringing Afghani delegates back to the table when they wanted to walk out. They said nothing about the few 'stray' American bombs that landed in Iran during the air war portion of the Afghanistan campaign. If Bush had shown any hint during any of those occasions that they would be cut a little slack for cooperating, we'd be in a much better position with them.

Posted by: natasha at August 19, 2005 12:36 PM