[Marxism] From the latest LRB

Marvin Gandall marvgandall at videotron.ca
Thu Oct 18 09:15:29 MDT 2007


Louis posted:

It’s the Oil
Jim Holt: Iraq’s Lucrative Mess

“Iraq is ‘unwinnable’, a ‘quagmire’, a ‘fiasco’: so goes the received
opinion. But there is good reason to think that, from the Bush-Cheney
perspective, it is none of these things. Indeed, the US may be ‘stuck’
precisely where Bush et al want it to be, which is why there is no ‘exit
strategy’.;;
[full: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v29/n20/fodo01_.html]
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I doubt it. They wanted a quick victory, flowers, a secular pro-Western
government under Chalabi who would give them oil concessions and a peace
deal with Israel, an intimidating demonstration of their invincibility to
Iran and the rest of the world, high poll ratings, and a Republican dynasty.
This isn't where they wanted to be after four and a half years, tens of
thousands of US killed and wounded, and $600 billion later.







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