Sunday, June 29, 2008


Nothin' Gets Past These Guys!

The United States Army Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has released a history of the Iraq war during the period from May 2003 to January 2005. Donald P. Wright, Col. Timothy R. Reese and the Army's Contemporary Operations Study Team concluded:

The transition to a new campaign was not well thought out, planned for, and prepared for before it began. Additionally, the assumptions about the nature of post-Saddam Iraq on which the transition was planned proved to be largely incorrect.

In short, the U.S. led forces lacked an operational and strategic plan for post-Saddam Iraq and, in any event, lacked the resources to carry one out. The report further warns that the Army National Guard and Reserves, which are essential components of our armed forces, are being expended in ways that are not sustainable.

Well, at least the Army's hindsight is 20/20.

So what we have is a Republican administration that couldn't plan its way out of a paper bag; that won a war nobody thought we could lose but lost the peace; and which has been expending an immense amount of treasure, thousands of American lives and untold numbers of Iraqi lives, while breaking our Army in the process, to try to make up for the fact that they're stupid.

Remind me again why people think that Republicans are better on foreign affairs and national security ...

Because people believe stupid things, my darling. I've been observing the Republicon follower mind for a bit now, and I've come to a conclusion: those who aren't predatory opportunists are dumb as a bag of wet hammers (thank you, Canadian Cynic, for that excellent simile). The exceptions to that rule are too lazy to inform themselves, and because they're lazy and the Republicons are loud, that's what they hear and believe.

There's one consolation in all of the ineptitude: at least I don't have to eat crow on the Iraq War.
I think the idea dates from the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the notion that "Democrats get us into wars and Republicans get us out of them." That was followed up by Jimmy Carter and the Iran crisis. Of course, those examples, especially the last one, weren't simple examples of Democratic administrations failing and Republican administrations succeeding but it got stuck in the public's mind. The question is how many more wars will the Republicans have to screw up to get it out again.

I have little hope that the public will catch on to the fact that a president's preferred political organization is a poor predictor of his (or, soon, her) capabilities at foreign affairs (or anything much else).
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