Awful Idea Of The Week

2 comments August 24th, 2007at 06:55pm Posted by Eli

Wolf ‘n’ Ware:

BLITZER: I don’t know about you, but I keep hearing suggestions from some influential elements out there that what Iraq really needs is a strongman, someone not necessarily like Saddam Hussein who was a thug and a killer, but someone, let’s say, like a Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan or a Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.

WARE: Well, look, Wolf, you know, what we’re talking about here is essentially what’s dubbed the Musharraf option, precisely what you’re talking about, putting a strongman in place.

Now, this is something that was – has been talked about and mooted (ph) since even before the invasion. It’s now known that that was the CIA’s preferred option for regime change. They said coup d’etat. Cut off the head, put in our own guy and then cut out the cancer of the Iraqi Baathist apparatus as we go.

I certainly know very influential special forces commanders and other leading generals here in the country who have been pushing for solutions just like that since way back in 2004.

Gee, I guess Wolf and Ware must be too young to remember the Shah. There was a strongman that we installed and supported, and look how that turned out. I guess it was good for the U.S. for a while, but by propping him up against the wishes of his people, we made a peaceful change in Iran impossible.

More to the point, because the Shah was supported by (and loyal to) the U.S., all of the Iranian people’s hatred for the Shah got projected onto us as well, and Iran became our mortal enemy. Backing Saddam against Iran didn’t exactly help much either.

On the other hand, once we left Vietnam and let it choose its own government free of our interference, it turned out pretty okay, and ended up becoming our friend. Go figure.

The moral is, you’re better off just letting people choose their own damn government, be it by vote or by revolution. Trying to rig the game in your favor inevitably makes the final outcome much, much worse.

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Media,Republicans,Wankers


  • 1. PoliShifter  |  August 24th, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    We are so lame…by we, I mean the United States and our Foreign Policy.

    Saddam was our strong man before we ousted him.

    Since when has a “Strong Man” turned out to be some sort of benevolent dictator and champion for the people?

    What’s the vetting process for selecting a “Strong Man”?

    A Questionaire or something? An oath that one promises not to torture or kill?

    This is madness. Sheer madness.

    Why does America keep making the same foreign policy mistakes over and over?

    The only thing I can consider is money; to keep fueling the military industrial complex.

  • 2. Eli  |  August 24th, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    In more ways than one – considering where some of those strongmen tend to be located…

    D’you suppose the Iraqi people forgot about Saddam being our boy as easily as the American people did?

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