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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:37 PM
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Iraq failure analyzed

Neo-con racism precluded acknowledging Arab grievances against U.S. and Israeli policy. There was, therefore, no other way to make sense of Iraqi mistrust except as misguided "anti-Americanism." No surprise then that Bremer and his crew thought they could overcome Iraqi suspicions by such patronizing means as a new TV station. There is a short distance from that to the deluded doctrine, which the neo-cons learned from their Israeli friends and teachers, that "Arabs understand only force."

Another result of neo-con racism was that people with knowledge of the Middle East and even minimal sympathy toward Arab concerns were excluded from consultations. Even the mild officers of the State Departments were shunned. We know now from insider accounts how the neo-cons excluded State expertise and work in the preparation for the war (including the prescient warning of large scale looting following the collapse of the regime), and how they replaced regional intelligence experts with pro-Israel ideologues. The predictable result was a know-nothing administration in Iraq, and it shows.

After racism, the second reason the U.S. occupation failed to win the required support was bad faith. The problem with Iraqi mistrust was that it was justified. The overarching goal of the U.S. in Iraq was not to establish a pluralistic, independent and stable state. These were perhaps considered good things in Washington, and especially useful for domestic consumption but they were secondary to the more important goal of keeping Iraq subservient to the U.S. The White House's vision of Iraq was of a weak state, one that would follow U.S. orders on foreign policy, help the U.S. militarily, and leave oil under control of U.S. companies.

The Pentagon wanted permanent bases in Iraq to replace the bases evacuated in Saudi Arabia. The U.S. occupation position is that no Iraqi government would have the right to request the withdrawal of the army. Nevertheless, the occupation didn't want the issue of U.S. control to be debated at all. To achieve that, the neo-cons had to bolster the power of legitimacy-challenged Pentagon favorites such as Ahmad Chalabi. That necessitated marginalizing and weakening groups that might refuse to accept his leadership, especially legitimate Shi'a leaders such as Sistani. Hence, the unbelievable display of hypocrisy of the U.S. occupation resisting calls for elections and reacting with hostility to democratic processes.
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boobooday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:45 PM
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1. Hmmm . . . now I think I understand
Where Bush's comments about "brown-skinned people governing themselves" have been coming from.

Every time he says it, I wonder who he is hearing it from. One of his handlers is telling him that crap, cause I've never heard it, except from KKK-types.
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Wright Patman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:46 PM
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2. Past tense
wording is interesting. This is implying that the neocons have given up their deluded dreams (aka nightmares if you are an Iraqi) and I see no evidence of it.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 02:56 AM
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3. You're right
Wonder how long that will stay the case, though.
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