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Saturday, February 25, 2006

The House of Cards is folding

Every day is bringing new evidence that the house of cards constructed by the Bush administration in Iraq and the Middle East is folding. The consequences will not be pretty.

Let's skip over the obvious: by focusing on the pseudo-nuclear threat in Iraq and using only nasty rhetoric to deal with the real one in Iran, Bush has fostered the election of a true hate-monger whose spurious anti-Semitic rhetoric threatens to add additional uncertainty to a region already destabilized by the Bush administration.

Let's also skip over the signs that the world, particularly the Islamic world, holds the U.S. and Bush in contempt. Here again we reap what we sowed by creating hatred and mistrust. A terrorist group has won a democratic election in a powder keg of a region where both sides have too many arms and not enough tolerance.

Rather, let's look at the truly disturbing news out of Iraq: despite "democratic" measures like daytime curfews, the sectarian violence between Shiites and Sunnis continues to escalate and the words "civil war" are being spoken with increasing frequency and urgency.

But it appear we are not neutral arbiters and peacekeepers -- at least in the view of the principals who are squaring off.
[Some] Shiite clerics directly assailed [U.S. Ambassador to Iran Zalmay] Khalilzad's role in the negotiations over a new government, and echoed previous accusations that the ambassador was partly responsible for the Samarra bombing. In the southern city of Basra, where thousands of Shiites rallied to protest the Samarra bombings, some were demanding Mr. Khalilzad's removal.
Talk about chilling. That is tantamount to putting U.S. troops smack in the gun sights of both parties in this out-of-control country. Tell me again how they will welcome us with flowers, Deadeye Dick?


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