"There is, however, a problem with the celebration and with the U.S. troop withdrawals it may presage: The political process, though a success in its own terms, has manifestly failed to stabilize Iraq or even to produce any meaningful movement in that direction. The Sunni insurgency is as active and strong as it was two years ago; though U.S. casualties have dropped in the first five months of this year, compared with the same period last year, attacks have not. The overall level of killing is far higher today than it was in late 2003 because of the gathering momentum of sectarian bloodshed among Sunnis and Shiites. Reconstruction, too, has gone backward since sovereignty was handed to an interim government in June 2004: Oil production and electricity generation are down.
A similar analysis applies to the other main leg of Mr. Bush’s Iraq strategy, the training of the Iraqi army. Iraqi armed forces and police number 254,000 and are supposed to reach their target strength of 273,000 by the end of the year. Still, many Iraqis feel less secure than they did two years ago. If the ultimate measure of success is Iraq’s pacification, the U.S. mission is producing results but no visible progress." Washpost Editorial Today
1- The Sunni insurgency is largely religious in its inspiration. for the overwhelming majority of Muslims such issues as piety, nationalism, patriotism, etc. are inseparable. The very thought of separating the various aspects of human existence into separate spheres isolated from religion is impious. Only the truly marginalized and acculturated like the Baathi demons of our dreams do not think that way.
2- The contest between us and the Sunni insurgents and between the Sunni Arabs and the Shia Arabs is RELIGIOUS. RELIGIOUS! Do you hear me? In this sense it is not religion as philosophy that we are talking about. It is religion as sect. IDENTITY!!!
3- We went to a lot of trouble to inflict our political PROCESS on Iraq. Now it is evident that that process does not produce a solution for the country and that the SUBSTANCE of the government that we midwifed is such that they align themselves with our Iranian opponents. (They are laughing in Tehran).
OK. I will say it. (Sound of Trumpets) We need to start thinking of how we are going to stabilize a "Greater Middle East" after this is over. We broke it but self interest will keep us from walking away from it altogether (like VN)
Congratulations to all the Shia cherishing naifs of the Utopian/Jacobin/neocon coven. You got what you wanted.