23 June 2006

Why do the Iraqis want to cut and run?

From The Times in the UK:
"The Iraqi Government will announce a sweeping peace plan as early as Sunday in a last-ditch effort to end the Sunni insurgency that has taken the country to the brink of civil war.
The 28-point package for national reconciliation will offer Iraqi resistance groups inclusion in the political process and an amnesty for their prisoners if they renounce violence and lay down their arms, The Times can reveal.
The Government will promise a finite, UN-approved timeline for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq; a halt to US operations against insurgent strongholds; an end to human rights violations, including those by coalition troops; and compensation for victims of attacks by terrorists or Iraqi and coalition forces."
Looks like the days of dealing with Iraq by playing politics in lieu of crafting workable policy may be at an end, no thanks to anyone in the U.S.
Apparently, the Iraqi government has no interest in waiting for us to finish a "debate" on its country that consists of sanctimonious, catchphrase-laden, election year posturing while its people are being kidnapped, executed, and blown up in the streets.  (I wonder if they know they're "surrendering," "embracing defeat," and "leaving the country to the terrorists?") 
This sort of initiative is what can happen when leadership doesn't stand by, content in its willful obliviousness to the real-life consequences of its clearly failed policies.  It's thoroughly embarrassing to see this going on, when, time and again, the American people accept swaggering and sloganeering instead of demanding action and governance.  We reap what we sow, however, and eventually, so does BushCo. 
Insurgent amnesty
An end to coalition human rights violations
Compensation for coalition attacks
The points discussed are nothing if not a humiliating--and much deserved--repudiation of the course that El Presidente is so determined to stay, an unequivocal "fuck you very much," to the architects of this disaster and their supporters in the 82nd Chairborne.  Unfortunately, the congressional Dems are as unlikely to see the writing on the wall as the Bushistas.  The American people, the Iraqi people, and now the official Iraqi government all want some sort of timetable for getting the hell out.  Not sure how much more cover people need to stand with Kerry, Feingold and the rest who voted for a reasonable timetable of redeployment and withdrawal.
Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), co-sponsor
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT)
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), co-sponsor
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) 

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