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George Bush’s Iraqi adventure

On the way to our fair city, where he is now safely insulated from the place where he is, George Bush dropped in on the troops in Iraq and had a “war cabinet” meeting with the Iraqi government. On that US blogger esoterically.net/weblog cites The Washington Post.

More than four years after declaring “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq, Bush still can’t make an announced visit to the war-wracked country.

But his supposed “visit to Anbar Province” was in some ways even more cynical — and accepted even more gullibly by the media — than his June 2006 visit to Baghdad. There, at least, he actually set foot on Iraqi soil. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 6, 2007 in blogging, Current affairs, News and Current Affairs

 

A failure in generalship — Iraq

This comes via The Arts and Letters Daily.

ARMY LT. COL. PAUL YINGLING is deputy commander, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment. He has served two tours in Iraq, another in Bosnia and a fourth in Operation Desert Storm. He isn’t the first military figure to express such views and he won’t be the last. The article is in The Armed Forces Journal.

This article began with Frederick the Great’s admonition to his officers to focus their energies on the larger aspects of war. The Prussian monarch’s innovations had made his army the terror of Europe, but he knew that his adversaries were learning and adapting. Frederick feared that his generals would master his system of war without thinking deeply about the ever-changing nature of war, and in doing so would place Prussia’s security at risk. These fears would prove prophetic. At the Battle of Valmy in 1792, Frederick’s successors were checked by France’s ragtag citizen army. In the fourteen years that followed, Prussia’s generals assumed without much reflection that the wars of the future would look much like those of the past. In 1806, the Prussian Army marched lockstep into defeat and disaster at the hands of Napoleon at Jena. Frederick’s prophecy had come to pass; Prussia became a French vassal.
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Posted by on May 1, 2007 in Current affairs, News and Current Affairs

 

Iraq and the War on [fill in the blank]

A few years ago a friend was heading off for the first of several tours of duty in the RAN patrolling the Persian Gulf. “Well, I’m off to take part in the War on Terror,” he said. “No you’re not,” I replied. “You’re off to the war in Iraq.” Naturally I wished him well.

Our John Howard understands these things better than most. George Bush says so, after all, so it must be right.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, all. It’s my honor to welcome the Prime Minister of Australia here to the East Room for a press briefing. I’m going to feed him tonight — before I feed him tonight, I’m going to feed him to you. (Laughter.)

We just had a really interesting discussion about a lot of issues. First, I admire John Howard’s understanding that the war on terror still goes on and that we’ve got to be steadfast and firm if we intend to succeed in defeating the terrorists.

Secondly, I appreciate very much his understanding and discussions about the way forward in Iraq…

The Prime Minister is capable of not only seeing the problems for today; he’s capable of looking down the road…
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Posted by on April 19, 2007 in Current affairs, News and Current Affairs

 

Council on Foreign Relations report on Iraq strategy

For some serious reading on what may/should happen in Iraq, go to the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations and download the PDF file After the Surge: The Case for U.S. Military Disengagement from Iraq.

Iraq has come to dominate U.S. foreign policy—and the controversy over Iraq has come to dominate the debate over U.S. foreign policy. This report by Steven N. Simon, the Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, makes a major contribution to that debate.

After the Surge: The Case for U.S. Military Disengagement from Iraq is premised on the judgment that the United States is not succeeding in Iraq and that Iraq itself is more divided and violent than ever. It concludes that the administration’s decision to increase U.S. force levels will fail to prevent further deterioration in the situation—and that there is no alternative policy with the potential to turn things around.

As a result, Simon urges the United States to disengage militarily from Iraq, a disengagement that in his view should involve a negotiated accord with Iraq’s government, a dialogue with Iraq’s neighbors, and new diplomatic initiatives throughout the region. Simon argues that if the United States does all this, it can minimize the strategic costs of its failure in Iraq and even offset these losses in whole or in part.

Read it. Take the debate beyond the government’s posturing and the question of Kevin Rudd’s “courage”.

Thanks to The Poet for drawing my attention to this.
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I’ve been quiet lately on Iraq, Bush, and so on…

Not that I haven’t been following the news, not to mention the various pieces The Poet has sent me.

I have just one question:

Name ONE thing George Bush has done, ONE policy he has espoused, which was not either totally misconceived and ill-advised from the start, or which has not by now gone belly-up. Just one…

Why is he still there?
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Iraq, Iraq

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) News conveniently groups stories in Indepth Coverage: Eye on Iraq, and what a litany this has become. George Bush was understating matters when he said it has not been a good year for Iraq. Take yesterday: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2007 in Aussie interest, Current affairs, Films, DVDs, TV, News and Current Affairs, Politics