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November 20, 2005

One of the legacies of the US Republican (GOP) view that war is the only guarantor of peace and security in an antagonistic world of nations:

Nick Anderson, Stained Dresses

The Iraq war was an unprovoked, unnecessary and unlawful invasion that became a colonial-style occupation and is now turning into a moral and political nightmare.

The Bush Administration is faced with policy failure, inept government and plummeting support. The Republicans defeats in the recent elections are seen to flow from their identification in the public mind with the President and with the Iraq debacle. Winning in Iraq justifies the right to torture and the use of death squad central.

The Cheney/Rumsfield duo, and their cabal of advisers, political hacks, cronies and sycophants, have created a nightmare in Iraq, and there is no magic wand that can be waved to avoid the blood shed in Iraq by preventing the Iraqi's from killing each other. It's a war the US cannot win. The land force is being killed in Iraq, and the Pentagon cannot maintain current force levels (not to mention the stock of operable equipment) without a greatly increased commitment.

As the December elections loom ever closer, will the House GOP continue to be the court prophets saying only what the president wants to hear? Will they distance themselves from a crippled, angry Bush? Or will they be boxed into a corner.

The broader question for the White House now is whether it can stem rising antiwar sentiment among the American public. Will the White House withdraw troops in early 2006 whilst continuing with the rhetoric of "cut and run" strategy: ie., not leaving until victory is achieved, or until the job is done etc etc. and viciously attack the "defeatists" who counsel the withdrawal. 'Cut and run' becomes classic rhetorical cover for a humiliating retreat.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:55 PM | | Comments (0)