Bill Kristol who as I understand is part conservative intellectual conservative diety and part palm reader writes at The Weekly Standard A Terrible Ignominy
How many Republicans will desert the troops? by William Kristol, 02/12/2007, Volume 012, Issue 21
I presume Smith, Collins, and Snowe aren’t rewriting history to justify their votes to disapprove of Bush’s new effort in Iraq. Still, we have yet to hear a coherent explanation of their position: They are (understandably) unhappy with how Bush has prosecuted the war over the last couple of years, under the guidance of Rumsfeld, Abizaid, and Casey. So they now are supporting a resolution that precisely embodies the Rumsfeld-Abizaid-Casey approach: no new strategy, no more troops, and continuing pressure to turn things over to the Iraqis as quickly as possible. These senators dislike the status quo in Iraq–and are supporting a resolution that condemns Bush’s attempt to change the status quo.
Conservatives deserted every single member of the American military when they lied the nation into an uneccssary war that had nothing to do with keeping the nation safe. So any claims by Bill or other dead enders that the escalation somehow serves the best interests of the average boot on the ground is conservative kookiness at best.
The thing is that Bill and his neocon clones haven’t shown the American people anything in the last three years that they know what they’re doing. They can’t define what victory would be much less achieve it. Kristol writes ” These senators dislike the status quo in Iraq–and are supporting a resolution that condemns Bush’s attempt to change the status quo.” Apparently there’s a worm in Bill’s head that has gnawed away at the ability to perceive reality. Nothing in the world stopped Bush from changing strategy a year ago, or two years ago, or two and a half years ago. There will probably be no gentile walks down the middle of a Baghdad street in Bill’s lifetime regardless of what Bush does. All the members of al-Queda have not flocked to Iraq lined up ready for their turn to be shot. The American presence there simply gives the various factions someone else to shoot at. As usual Kristol and his cult leader Mr. Bush have yet another in a long lists of reports that resemble something like reality and as usual this report will be ignored, Bleak Iraq Report Is Sent to Congress
The U.S. intelligence community yesterday released a starkly pessimistic assessment of the situation in Iraq, warning that even if security improves, deepening sectarian divisions threaten to destroy the government and ultimately could lead to anarchy, partition or the emergence of a new dictatorship.
Citing “the current winner-take-all attitude and sectarian animosities infecting the political scene,” declassified judgments of a new National Intelligence Estimate predicted that Iraqi leaders will be “hard pressed” to reconcile over the next 18 months.
Despite the stepped-up training and U.S. support for Iraqi security forces — major parts of the new Iraq strategy President Bush announced last month — the estimate concluded that the Iraqi military will find it very difficult to carry out any new responsibilities or to operate independently against sectarian militias.
Let’s suppose for a moment and it is a big supposition that Kristol and Bush really really care about Iraq? They should have done their homework. The three year occupation and backing the Shia over the Sunni while still trying to make the Sunni not feel like a sit in the back of the bus minority was just insane. They decided they were going to open up a Pandora’s Box of nightmares regardless of the consequences, The New Iraq NIE: Pig Ugly, Little Lipstick
For starters the Shia majority are crazy angry with the Sunnis for the horrors the latter inflicted on them during the last millenium. A 1000 years of grudges. There is not a severe enough case of Alzheimers to easily erase this collective memory of rage and vengeance.
Next, the Shia believe that U.S. efforts to promote reconciliation and cooperation with the Sunnis is really a diabolical plot to screw them out of their recently acquired domination. They ain’t letting go.
Kristol and his brethren in the Cult of Bush have become both comically and tragically irrelevant to American foreign policy. That Kristol’s main point was such a sloppy little lie suggests that he is not even all that concerned about winning the debate. Like Bush and Cheney he’s on automatic knee-jerk response. Why bother his effete intellectual mind with thousands of dead bodies and billions of tax dollars down the drain.
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned. – William Butler Yeats