[Marxism] FW: [snow-news] A different voice for pulling out
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May 10, 2004 issue
Copyright © 2004 The American Conservative
The Best of Bad Choices
Given the Iraq Wars mounting costs and impossible goals, America
should transfer sovereignty and come home.
By Christopher Layne
The administrations Iraq policy is in shambles. Iraq has become a
geopolitical humpty-dumpty that America cannot put back together, and
the time has come for the United States to withdraw.
We now face a full-blown uprising against the occupation of Iraq.
Events plainly belie the administrations spin that order will soon be
restored and that the revolt is just the work of a few Iraqi
extremists and a handful of terrorists from other Middle Eastern
states. Even top officials in the British governmentAmericas most
loyal allyunderstand that the administrations take on Iraq is
divorced from reality. As British Foreign Minister Jack Straw said,
The lid on the pressure cooker has come off. There is no doubt that
the current situation is very serious and it is the most serious we
have faced. It plainly is the fact today that there are larger numbers
of people, and they are people on the ground, Iraqis, not foreign
fighters, who are engaged in this insurgency. Americans should not
allow the administrations perception management campaigna fancy
bureaucratic term for lyingto pull the wool over their eyes.
>From a policy standpoint, an even greater concern is that the
administration believes its own disinformation about events in Iraq.
But there are three disturbing facts about the insurrection that
cannot be swept under the rug. First, what began as a small-scale
insurgency mounted by Sunni dead-enders and former regime elements
now has morphed into a broad-based popular rebellion joined by large
numbers of Shiites. The Shiite revolt is especially troubling
becauseto the extent that the Bush II administration had any strategy
at all for administering postwar Iraqit was based on the assumption
that the United States could co-opt the Shiites and gain their
support for Washingtons plans to create a democratic Iraq. Second,
Iraqs Sunnis and Shiites heretofore deeply antagonistic to each
othernow are finding common ground in resisting the occupation. Here
U.S. policy seems to be having a bitterly ironic and quite unintended
consequence. Previously, Iraq, which Britain artificially cobbled
together from the Ottoman Empires wreckage, lacked a sense of
national identity. Now, however, resentment of the American occupation
is creating an Iraqi nationalism shared by Sunnis and Shiites. Third,
outrage at Americas heavy-handed use of military power to suppress
the uprising has alienated the very Iraqis Washington has counted upon
to form the core of a new government to which sovereignty can be
transferred. Although they were handpicked by U.S. officials, leading
members of the Iraqi Governing Council now are condemning American
policy and distancing themselves from Washington.
Where does U.S. policy go from here? There are three options:
internationalizing the occupation, increasing U.S. troop strength and
cracking down hard on the insurgency, or withdrawal.
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