President Bush displays incredible ignorance of the situation in Iraq

Originally published 11/28/06:

President Bush, in an incredible display of ignorance, today said that Al Qaeda is to blame for the violence in Iraq, and he refused to call it a civil war.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/28/world/middleeast/28cnd-prexy.html?hp&ex=1164776400&en=b1465d36fd484434&ei=5094&partner=homepage

This administration has always been intensely ignorant of the homegrown insurgency/civil war aspect of the Iraqi conflict.  I recall in 2004, when Fallujah was taken, only 2% of prisoners captured were foreign fighters… the majority being Iraqi citizens resisting an attack on their home in a legitimate act of self-defense. 

CNN’s John Roberts says that the situation in Iraq is worse than what we see in our media:

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003438513

Former soldier and military historian, Professor Robert O’Neill says the situation in Iraq is worse than what we had in the Vietnam war:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200611/s1798632.htm

The Guardian Newspaper had this harsh criticism of the war saying that Bush and Blair will try to blame their failure on many different factors other than their own selves, but in reality, the cause is the US occupation:

More insidious is the manner in which the Democrats, who are about to take over the US Congress, have framed their arguments for withdrawal. Last Saturday the newly elected House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, suggested that the Americans would pull out because the Iraqis were too disorganised and self-obsessed. “In the days ahead, the Iraqis must make the tough decisions and accept responsibility for their future,” he said. “And the Iraqis must know: our commitment, while great, is not unending.”

It is absurd to suggest that the Iraqis – who have been invaded, whose country is currently occupied, who have had their police and army disbanded and their entire civil service fired – could possibly be in a position to take responsibility for their future and are simply not doing so.

For a start, it implies that the occupation is a potential solution when it is in fact the problem. This seems to be one of the few things on which Sunni and Shia leaders agree. “The roots of our problems lie in the mistakes the Americans committed right from the beginning of their occupation,” Sheik Ali Merza, a Shia cleric in Najaf and a leader of the Islamic Dawa party, told the Los Angeles Times last week.

“Since the beginning, the US occupation drove Iraq from bad to worse,” said Harith al-Dhari, the nation’s most prominent Sunni cleric, after he fled to Egypt this month facing charges of supporting terrorism.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1957695,00.html

Patrick Cockburn, who has spent a lot of time in Iraq as an unembedded reporter, notes that Iraq is rending itself apart in what is obviously a civil war.  He says:

“Iraq is rending itself apart. The signs of collapse are everywhere. In Baghdad the police often pick up over 100 tortured and mutilated bodies in a single day. Government ministries make war on each other. A new and ominous stage in the disintegration of the Iraqi state came earlier this month when police commandos from the Shia-controlled Interior Ministry kidnapped 150 people from the Sunni-run Higher Education Ministry in the heart of Baghdad.”

“Iraq may be getting close to what Americans call ‘the Saigon moment’, the time when it becomes evident to all that the government is expiring. “They say that the killings and kidnappings are being carried our by men in police uniforms and with police vehicles,” said the Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari with a despairing laugh to me earlier this summer. “But everybody in Baghdad knows that the killers and kidnappers are real policemen.”

“It is getting worse. The Iraqi army and police are not loyal to the state. If the US army decides to confront the Shia militias it could well find Shia military units from the Iraqi army cutting the main American supply route between Kuwait and Baghdad. One convoy was stopped at a supposedly fake police checkpoint near the Kuwait border earlier this month and four American security men and an Austrian taken away.”

“The US and British position in Iraq is far more of a house built on sand than is realized in Washington or London despite the disasters of the last three-and-a-half years. President Bush and Tony Blair show a unique inability to learn from their mistakes, largely because they do not want to admit having committed any errors in the first place.”

Read more here:

http://www.counterpunch.org/patrick11282006.html

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