A crash course on Iraq

Asia Times
by Jim Lobe

10/23/06

While Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's continued tenure in office has been the subject of a surge of speculation over the past weeks, it may be US President George W Bush's continued reign -- at least over Iraq policy -- that appears most endangered at the moment. While no one is talking about a classic coup d'etat against the US president, as is being rumored about the increasingly hapless and seemingly helpless Maliki in Baghdad, Bush's mantra about 'staying the course' in Iraq is now seen as so delusory as to require some form of serious adult intervention...

//www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HJ24Ak02.html



Time for truth & consequences

Common Dreams
by Dave Lindorff

10/23/06

The Bush administration, losing the war in Iraq, has come with a 'new' strategy: setting a timetable for Iraq's puppet regime and its fledgling army to 'stand up' to the task of running the country so that the U.S. military can 'stand down.' If you think this brilliant 'new' plan sounds remarkably like the one proposed earlier this year by many Democrats, who were accused at that time of 'cutting and running' for proposing just such a withdrawal timetable, you're right. It also sounds like yet another one of those Bush/Rove scams that are pulled out at each election to trick gullible voters into thinking the president is actually going to do something dramatic when he is really just talking. The truth is this plan is no more serious than Bush's early announcement of a plan to send Americans to the moon and on to Mars...

//www.commondreams.org/views06/1023-20.htm


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