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15 May 2007

Why We Lost Iraq

According to Tom Friedman, that is. He outlines it today in his column ($) in the Times. The problem, he argues, can be traced to the Bush Administration's tendency to look for loyal Republicans in its hiring practices:
[W]hile the Bush team has been lecturing the Iraqi Shiites to limit de-Baathification in Baghdad, it was carrying out its own de-Democratization in the Justice Department in Washington...What kind of example does that set for Iraqis?
A very bad example, to be sure, considering how Iraqis - like all Arabs - surely look to America for their inspiration.
Only a united America could have the patience and fortitude to heal a divided Iraq — and we simply don’t have that today...They actually thought they could unite Iraq, while dividing America.
Makes sense, doesn't it? Clearly, the Sunni and Shia in Iraq, naturally disposed to coalition building and consensus government, saw a partisan White House and a divided America and decided that, against their better nature, they'd give tribal loyalty and internecine warfare a shot instead. Before reading Mr. Friedman's column, I hadn't realized that victory in Iraq was so close - or that signing up for Times Select would reap such rewards.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Liam said...

You really nailed that one. Superb.

May 17, 2007 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was low hanging fruit for sure. Sad thing is I've been to a couple of Lib sites and guess what article is being cited as an example of stunningly perspicacious analysis?

Yup, you got it! I can only shake my head...

May 17, 2007 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad we got that cleared up. Friedman still has a job? That guy has been wrong so many times I can't believe he still gets his shit published. He also collects nice speaking fees too. Go figure.

May 17, 2007 3:05 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Yeah, making fun of Friedman columns makes pretty easy sport, but that one was just too preposterous to pass up. When it comes to the cheap thrills of Friedman bashing, there's always this classic.

May 17, 2007 7:34 PM  

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