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ok, so what exactly is the plan in Iraq?(7 posts)

ok, so what exactly is the plan in Iraq?gtx
Aug 19, 2003 1:02 PM
and what happens if/when Bush doesn't get re-elected?
Aug 19, 2003 1:11 PM
If we get rid of Bush then it is possible to go back to the UN, swallow some pride and get a legitimate international peacekeeping force to take over the rebuilding and democratization of Iraq.

Since the neocons will never let that happen with Bush in the White House, our current plan is to be an occupying army in a hostile country, and to let our boys get killed one by one. "Bring 'Em On!"
Re-name it New Afghanistan and declare the job finished. (nm)czardonic
Aug 19, 2003 1:14 PM
as simple as it gets...mohair_chair
Aug 19, 2003 1:28 PM
Phase One: Collect underpants
Phase Three: Profit
What's phase 2? -nm-bboc
Aug 19, 2003 2:09 PM
ask the underpants gnomesdr hoo
Aug 20, 2003 6:00 AM
The same as Afghanistan ...Win the war and lose the peacePdxMark
Aug 19, 2003 4:19 PM
In Afghanistan we have already ceded to warlords control of the eastern border and the southern third of the country, and the 6,000 troops we have in Afghanistan are too few to control a resurgent Taliban. We budget zero dollars to reconstruct the country, while warlords grow richer than the central government with a booming opium crop. (Watch for heroin prices to drop on a street corner near you.) Oh, and with our self-inflicted Iraq burden, we don't have the troops to stabilize both Iraq AND Afghanistan.

In Iraq we hope for cooler weather to ease the suffering of Iraqis from lack of water and electricity. Reconstruction is stalled and the UN is under attack. The 155,000 Army troops and 20,000 Marines in Iraq make it difficult, if not impossible, to significantly increase the 6,000 we have in Afghanistan. So we can't stabilize either place. We are over-extended for stabilizing both places and maintaining reasonable reserves for any other military contingencies.

We can't afford reconstruction, don't have global willingness to share the reconstruction burden for our unilateral Iraqi show, and we are over-extended militarily so that we can't stabilize the places where we are and we have to hope that nothing else happens anywhere.