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June 02, 2006


Thanks to Mimikatz for suggesting the Wm Arkin posts.

To the thousands of Iraq's unintended victims, Haditha is just another bloodstained thread in the shroud of war. (more...)

Arkin has a much more ambiguous post up today. I think the message is that (1) such incidents are almost inherent in trying to combat an insurgency where the enemy hides among the populace, and in turning young men into killers, as I said yesterday; (2) this eposide is an episode, and there is a whole lot of ambiguous context around it: and (3) Iraq is beyond repair. And while Bush may believe in his Iraq undertaking, not enough to actually pay for it or "win" it.

That the new Iraqi Premier is making the statements he is making shows that he is susceptible to playing politics as much as Bush. As the long NYT excerpt at Laura Rozen's site states, Iraq is rapidly devolving into the kind of sectarian violence where everyone tries to cluster around someone who offers some kind of protection, not unlike, in many ways, what happened in Afghanistan after the Russians left. God help them (and the rest of us) if they face 20 years of that kind of civil war when we leave.

Remember, this is what they've said...

"The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

And this is how they're doing it...


Haditha caused us to lose the war ???

well why didn't george bush take steps to ensure that Haditha never happened ???

is the Condiliar gonna tell us how nobody knew that war crimes could occur ???

are we then to be told that lower level staffers might have known that war crimes could occur, but nobody at the whitehouse ever saw a report explaining the possibility of war crimes occuring ???

that's the bullshit kabuki we saw about the August 6th PDB, and that's the bullshit Kabuki we saw prior to the invasion of Iraq, that's the Kabuki we saw about GITMO, that's the Kabuki we saw about Abu Ghraib

why should george and the Condaliar change their act now ???

This is when it really matters how few of the folks who are in charge have seen combat or, apparently, talked extensively to and/or read from those who have, which is always an available alternative. You'd think they would have at least read about Vietnam or even WWII or Korea before deciding that war is real keen stuff.

Just add up everything Rummy is doing to the armed forces:

Hold people long after they have fulfilled their military obligations (stop/loss), or call-up veterans with needed skills years or decades after they have left service and gone back to civilian life. Result? Resentment and frustration and despair. Suicide.

Enlist people who fail the personality and education tests (fill out the quota by hiring the unhirable from the bottom of the sludgepot). Result? Unstable and untrainable people being asked to do more than they are capable of doing... and gang members marking territory. 24 in a skull, among other grafitti. Turf wars.

Return injured and psychologically damaged people to the battlefront, in order not to show true cost of war. Result? Revenge-seekers ready to snap and take out their suffering on any unfortunate civilian who commits the mistake of being at home. War crimes.

What can we expect when the guys with guns shouldn't be there, shouldn't be armed, and shouldn't be given the opportunity to take revenge when they really need to be taking medication for PTSD?

The men who are wiping out families, blowing up wedding-parties, torturing suspects, and murdering children may only be privates and sargeants... but the decisions which have led to the disintegration of protocols and shredding of honor have all come down from the very top of the chain of command.

And the men at the top refuse to face the fact that they are fallible. Or responsible.

Gee, Mimikatz, it sounds as though you don't think the Marines are responsible at all. Sounds like it was all the fault of the Iraqis.

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