Quagmire. Period.

And now Kissinger agrees with what the critics of Bush’s Iraq efforts have been saying for a couple of years. From the AP:

Military victory is no longer possible in Iraq, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in a television interview broadcast Sunday.

Kissinger presented a bleak vision of Iraq, saying the U.S. government must enter into dialogue with Iraq’s regional neighbors — including Iran — if progress is to be made in the region.

In the mean time:

The sectarian violence continued Sunday, with the deadliest attack in the southern Shiite city of Hillah, where a suicide bomber in a minivan lured day laborers to his vehicle with promises of a job then blew it up, killing 22 people, police said.
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Attacks by suspected insurgents in other areas of Iraq killed more than 30 people and wounded at least 75. Gunmen kidnapped one of Iraq’s deputy health ministers from his home in northern Baghdad, officials said.

I agree with Kissinger that the U.S. has, effectively, “lost the war” in that none of the reasons for going into Iraq have been realized (except for the trivial goal of removing Saddam Hussein from power) and nothing we do will restore peace. But it is unclear how dialog with neighbors will prevent a full scale civil war, with years of further violence as different factions struggle for power or independence. I’t a quagmire. Regional diplomatic talks are little more than political damage control as we sneak out the back door.

But, no matter how the U.S. gets out of Iraq, we will leave behind hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who died in the violence, tenfold more injured, and continuing violence with no end in sight.

Just when does Bush’s reckless military adventurism rise to the level of war crimes?

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One Response to “Quagmire. Period.”

  1. mirror Says:

    I think at this point the only hope is, leaving aside what one thinks of the candidate, the Kerry plan of an international summit and a new national Iriqi summit with ALL the national stakeholders at the table.

    This isn’t something that can be done under Bush because it requires an admission of error. And, in the necessary negotiations it probably requires sidestepping or reducing the power of the current elected government in the negotiations. Any negotiations for a new power and resource distribution system will need to have a higher degree of consent by the various minority stakeholders.

    Carrots and sticks will be required to get the parties to the table, if it can be done. No one in or out of Iraq is going to trust the Bush II adminstration (or the Bush I) administration to act in good faith at this point.

    So, IMHO, until Bush leaves office it can only get worse. With Bush/Cheney and the Iraq civil war in the background/forground, its like living in a surreal alternative history of the US and my own life. This is soo scary.

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