I continue to post the weekly edition of "The Advisor" in this space for several reasons:
1- Fairness toward those who think the present policy in Iraq is wise.
2- A desire that there should be an appreciation among Americans of the quality of the effort being made by our forces and those of the British under very trying circumstances.
3- The irony of some of the material is irresistible.
I was just listening to Congressman Mark Kennedy on MTP. Russert worked him over pretty thoroughly. Kennedy is running for the senate from Minnesota.
He said something that struck me as being right out of the "talking points" that he was issued. He kept saying that if the coalition withdraws from Iraq the "terrorists; will take over. The president says the same thing. In other words, the "pitch" is to conflate all the varied forces of the insurgent groups with "the terrorists" i.e., the international Sunni jihadis.
This is nonsense. It is political gibberish like the conflation between the names of Hilary Clinton and Jim Webb which is repeated over and over in the Virginia senate race. Two people more unlike each other than these would be hard to find, but it matters not to those who seek to manipulate the electorate.
In the case of Iraq, anyone who knows anything about Iraq knows that if we leave there will be a continuation and probably an intensification of the fighting over power and booty in Mesopotamia and Kurdistan. The one thing that is certain is that the Sunni jihadis are not going to rule what has been known as Iraq.
Might they end up as powerful actors in the "Sunni Triangle?" Ah, that is another matter. Someone should be thinking about how to prevent that.