Over the years many things stopped making sense but nothing like this one!
Seventy-nine recommendations addressing all aspects of the Iraqi question, politically and militarily. The members of the group conducting the study has an average age of seventy-five years, but more importantly none had in his days a mess the size of Mesopotamia.
McCain does not like the recommendation rightfully because it is not a recipe for success!
Mr. Hopeful, would we need study if victory were at hand?
The war in Iraq passed the point of success even before it started, the premise of finding WMD that never existed, followed by an attempt to interrupt Sadam Al-Qaeda link that was never established.
Then we dreamed to impose our narrow definition of democracy on people that we know nothing about, while our fearless leaders are exercising a complete and original incompetence managing undefined war with unclear objectives.
We created conditions on the ground that unleashed the monster we wake-up to every morning with both Americans and Iraqis dying.
Sir, are you still looking for a victory?
May be we needed a group of magicians with long hats and wide sleeves, and probably while we are busy watching their amazing tricks three more years, three thousand more kids will pass by while the miracle is still in the making!
Mr. Talabani the Iraqi president rejects the study outright. His reasons are legitimate, he thinks that America does not have the right to impose timetable on his country. He considers the recommendation clearly undermined his country's sovereignty.
Mr. President, undermined what?
Iraq is under occupation in case you did not notice; you live in a fortified castle guarded by American kids.
Mr. Talabani is right; the recommendation stinks because probably he will be hanging from the last poll standing in Baghdad the day our army leaves Iraq.
Mr. Olmert the Israeli Prime Minster panicked and rejected any link between the US quagmires in Iraq (that is his words not mine) and the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
Three years ago Bush and Sharon the former prime minister of Israel promised that the creation of a democracy in Iraq would solve the Palestinian question. Bush even said that the Israeli/Palestinian solution go through Baghdad not Jerusalem.
I know that in big cities, we have one-way streets; I guess politics have one-way streets as well. Therefore, solutions go through Baghdad not quagmires!
Once again, a presidential hopeful, an angry Iraqi president, and a scared Israeli Prime Minister are calling upon us to stick to our guns and live up or maybe in this case die for an imaginary victory.
As if dreaming of victory will produce one.
Once again the magical word is suppose to keep the people stupid and happy, we should not notice the kids coming back in bags, the kids standing in line to get psychological treatments, the kids with no arms and legs spending their beautiful years in rehabilitation programs.
Israel is distancing itself and leashing war on the credibility and motive of Baker to insure that America will not exercise any sort of pressure on Israel regardless of the cost to America.
Our partner in Iraq after spending his life working for a separate Kurdistan, he is now all for a united and sovereign Iraq, and against a timetable that would hold his government and ours accountable.
At the mean times we are losing our kids, their equipments are falling apart and the treasury is disappearing along with our standing in the world.
Yes, it is a free country, we can reject the seventy-nine recommendations, we can wait for a miracle, and we can train an Iraqi army that turns to fight us using our issued weapons.
Baker-Hamilton recommendations do not describe victory but it is the only hope we have to cut our losses unless McCain, Talabani and Olmert have different seventy-nine recommendations!