Jeez, I have been thinking hard and long about this situation and maybe you can help me. Yesterday was a horrible day in Baghdad. Hundreds killed and hundreds wounded. For any of you who have fallen for the "Tombstone" ethic, the Wild West wasn't that wild, and most of the gun fights didn't end up with someone dead. To prove this, do a google on "Indian Territory+criminals," and read through all of the criminals and what they were arrested for. Luckily, they didn't have AK-47s back then and most of them were just trying to make a living, eg. Baby Face Nelson/Oh Brother Where Art Thou. Yes, you will find him on the Territory Criminal page. But I have been racking my brain, trying to figure out a way to solve the problems in Iraq.
Most certainly, Bush and Cheney screwed everything up, but is there a way to unscrew it. The population of Baghdad makes it difficult to even grasp, in numerical terms, how the carnage can be somewhat caged. It seems to me, that they are going to have to build "safe" areas, free of cars and motorbikes. Since tons of Baghdad has been reduced to rubble, I suppose, we could level those areas out and mandate all cars to be parked there. Only buses and public transportation will be used in down town Baghdad, if there is such a thing.
Safe zones would be established around schools, universities, and parks. In the U.S., public schools are responsible for children when they step into the bus line at their homes and only lose that responsibility when they walk into their home. This means, if a bully attacks a kid walking from the school bus to his house, it becomes a school problem and will be treated as such. Drug users, sellers, or growers discovered within 1000 feet of a school gets an automatic double or triple sentence.
Public transportation may be the answer in Baghdad and other cities in Iraq. Scanners should be used on anyone within a 100 feet of public transportation. How can we handle that? I suppose we could build bomb-proof shelters where all bus riders had to pass by. If anyone refused to pass by and be scanned, they could be shot on-site. It's called tough love.
The reason why Bush is so important in this process, is because he has a gift that no one else in the United States has. Maybe he can hold classes so he could pass, so he could identify thousands of US citizens and even Iraqi citizens who share his incredible and important gift.
This was pulled out of his meeting with Putin as he answered questions from the media.
"... Can we trust Russia? I'm not going to answer that. I could ask the very same question."
PRESIDENT BUSH: "I will answer the question. I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country. And I appreciated so very much the frank dialogue. "
It appears that Bush has a ready made job, after he is impeached or his term runs its course. Like Moses, in Exodus, Bush could set up shop over there, and have everyone pass by him and let him "... look ... the man in the eye." which would allow him to identify the bad guys from the good guys. I realize the lines would be long, but Moses had long lines too, and, only by the observation from Moses' father-in-law, did Moses decide that to be the only judge for the million or so followers, Moses needed to appoint lots of judges. (Duh, The Book Of Judges!) Since Bush is a "Biblical Man," who hasn't read James, obviously, he could still "look the people in the eye" and tag any men or women who possess that same quality of judgement with which God has blessed him.
I don't believe the 21,000 new troops will help much over there, unless our troops and the "coalition" treats the city as if they were checking a long haired girl for head lice. Using a nit comb, stainless steel, not the plastic kind, comb out the nits and lice from each section of hair. When that section is finished, pin it, and move to another section. I realize it is a pain, but I've done it thousands of times, as an elementary counselor.
So the point is, that we must section off the city and do house to house searches. Once a section is cleaned out, establish a buffer zone, and move to an adjacent section. Yep, it would take some killing men on-the-spot, but difficult actions take difficult reactions.
The job would be tedious, I realize, but if we are not going to pull out, ... with the new troops, what in the heck else can we do? As of yet, we have not developed a shampoo that will kill the bad guys in Baghdad by giving it a thorough cleaning. And like head lice have become resistant to permethrin, our efforts haven't worked on bombers, either. Using mayonnaise to smother head lice, over night, won't work on terrorists. The new lice combs work, and what we need is a "terrorist comb," of some sort.
So, ... maybe you can come up with a better plan, but I'm just not seeing it. Why the heck are cars allowed around a university, yesterday? We need a plan, gang, and the plan coming out of The White House "ain't" working.
In Thomas Ricks book, "FIASCO," he points out vividly that there were NO PLANS made for the 4th quarter. None. Zippo. Just gather up the flowers and go home. So, ... what's the plan here? Anybody? Anybody? Jeez, have a heart and give the man some badly needed advice that the committee was unable to come up with, that might be acceptable for our president. Maybe it will take an "Eli Whitney" award contest, to come up with a solution over there. But, think about it! If we could come up with a "terrorist-gin," the problem would be solved! By George, I think I've come up with a darn, good idea. We could even let the terrorists submit solutions! You think? Winner? $25,000,000 big ones! Shoot, even the MAFIA could get involved in this one. Of course, winners would have the choice of taking the reward in yearly sums or take the entire prize and hire a top-notch CPA.
So what idea can you come up with?