Why We’re Screwed

2 comments February 2nd, 2007at 06:48pm Posted by Eli

TPM Muckraker on NSA Vs. NIE:

During a press conference this afternoon, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley spun the National Intelligence Estimate’s key findings to support the president’s “surge” plan in Iraq.

As we reported earlier, the Key Judgments paint an extremely dire picture of the situation. In one key line, it says that “even if violence is diminished, given the current winner-take-all attitude and sectarian animosities infecting the political scene, Iraqi leaders will be hard pressed to achieve sustained political reconciliation in the time frame of this Estimate.”

That’s not as hopeless as it sounds, according to Hadley. All that means is that since Iraqi leaders will be hard pressed, “there is no alternative but to press them hard to do that reconciliation.”

“One of the things you should conclude from this NIE,” Hadley said, “is the best plan is to have this plan succeed.”

Yes, that was certainly the first thing that I would have concluded. The most realistic and constructive response to “This has little chance of working” is always “We’ll just have to make it work, well, because it has to.”

You would think that after six years of wishes and Manly Resolute Willpower having absolutely zero effect on the fabric of reality, that the Bushies would start exploring some new problem-solving techniques…
(h/t Atrios)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Republicans,War

2 Comments

  • 1. Ripley  |  February 3rd, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    The most realistic and constructive response to “This has little chance of working” is always “We’ll just have to make it work, well, because it has to.”

    Or the always popular ‘That’s so crazy it Has to work!’ I get the feeling that the Powers That Be don’t even know what it is they’re trying to do, other than look good in the media, and…well… do something. Because something is always better than nothing, esp. if you can kill some brown people while you’re at it.

    In all honesty, I think the escalation is just a shrewd and nefarious plan dreamt up by the corporations that make ‘Support the Troops!’ and yellow ribbon magnets. And I defy anyone to prove me wrong. Qua!

  • 2. Eli  |  February 3rd, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    I think the strategy is to keep throwing more bodies and money at it and telling the Iraqis to shape up, and hope that something good happens, or that at least nothing catastrophic happens before 2009.


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