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December 02, 2006

Bush Administration Still Perplexed By Tendency Of Iraqis To Be Human Beings

There's lots of bitter merriment to be found in the recent Iraq memo by National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley that was leaked to the NY Times. But this is my favorite part:

[Prime Minister Maliki] impressed me as a leader who wanted to be strong but was having difficulty figuring out how to do so. Maliki pointed to incidents, such as the use of Iraqi forces in Shia Karbala, to demonstrate his even hand. Perhaps because he is frustrated over his limited ability to command Iraqi forces against terrorists and insurgents, Maliki has been trying to show strength by standing up to the coalition. Hence the public spats with us over benchmarks and the Sadr City roadblocks...

(We want Maliki to exert his authority — and demonstrate to Iraqis that he is a strong leader — by taking action against extremists, not by pushing back on the United States and the Coalition.)

Let's see...the number of times in human history a government official has been popular and viewed as strong by his countrymen when he collaborates with and is propped up by a foreign occupation is...wait, let me get out my calculator here...uh, that number would

Fortunately, it will happen in Iraq for the time ever because "we want" it to.

''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality."

Posted at December 2, 2006 06:34 PM | TrackBack

Couldn't Stephen Hadley and Britney Spears settle their dispute elsewhere? Or let's just call it a tie for first place and move on. I am getting so tired of this "Who Wants To Be The World's Bimbo" contest!

Posted by: Bernard Chazelle at December 2, 2006 07:31 PM

Don't tell annanicole.

Posted by: Jesus B. Ochoa at December 3, 2006 10:09 AM

The crusaders have been unable to stop the guerillas in 3+ years, yet their impotent puppet is now supposed to do it while lacking trivialities like an effective military or the support of the locals (i.e. the guerillas)? Stupidity, thy name is America.

Posted by: Cous Cous at December 4, 2006 12:56 PM