BlognonyBITS - A Win Win In Iraq
I mean...what happens if we get out of Iraq right now? No delays--just pack up and leave. For one thing the Iraqis are pretty quickly going to have to find out how to work with each other (a win) or escalate the already ongoing conflict into a full-scale civil war (a huge lose). The United States is going to save about $125B in immediate funding, money that we could put toward real security initiatives, and probably another $200B in in future war funding. That would go some distance toward slashing Bu$hCo's record-setting deficits, now wouldn't it?
Seems to me like we've got a fair chance of a big win for America if we get out now.
The way I see it, unless we plan to stay in Iraq forever, heaven forbid, we have to leave sometime and the Iraqis are going to have to decide if they're going to fight it out, or negotiate some kind of terms.
So we might as well pack up and get out now before any more people die. It's shameful that we did this to the Iraqi people, but staying there is not making anything better...it just keeps getting worse. 166 people killed today. So much for that surge!
Who doesn't believe that Fascism hasn't come to America?
Cranky... Nobody wants to be the frickin' "War Czar". Given that, I'm all in favor of getting out now.
AnonP... Yes. Indeed! But let's concentrate on saving another $300B before we take Bush down.
Here's the scenario I see: Congress will pass some form of their war-funding bill, including a withdrawal timetable. It will also include the "benchmark" hydrocarbon requirement to share oil revenues among the Iraqi people and, btw, the western oil companies who will end up controling up to 80% of the country's currently nationalized oil resources.
Bush will look petulant and pained, but will sign it - to support the troops. The Iraqi government will be forced to meet the benchmark, and we will be required to keep troops in Iraq for decades protecting the newly acquired and extremely lucrative Western oil interests.
Thanks for the mention, Kvatch.
Get out of the way you warmongering bastards before peace lops off your integrity! Okay. that couldn't possibly be what's lopped off, but you get the gist.
TPM... Peace making an administration look bad--only in my wildest dreams! ;-)
Seriously. Why don't the President and his veep approach the major oil companies for ten billion dollars to tide the surge over for a month or two.
That way they can veto the troop shrinkage legislation and be assured of war bucks.
Of course it would also be nice if the major oil companies paid part or all of the tab for the global security we provide for them gratis.