[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
[full: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v29/n20/fodo01_.html]
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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