Friday, March 20, 2009
An Anniversary Noted
It's been six years since the U.S. launched the war on Iraq, despite the fact that al Qaeda was still undefeated in the Afghan/Pakistan frontier. Rethugs are running around claiming "victory" even though the forces that attacked us have rebuilt, and the regime in Iran has more power in the region than 6 years ago. Not even Gens. Petraeus and Odierno are doing the victory dance. The Iraqi government wants us to leave on a specific timetable, and some experts (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Ricks) believe that Iraq will end up ruled by a Shiite strongman, the mirror image of Sunni Baathist Saddam Hussein, but with close ties to fundmentalist Iran.