As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Monday, February 26, 2007

Iraq In More Fragments

The health care system is so broken in Iraq that even the President of the country has to fly to Jordan for treatment of what appears to be little more than exhaustion.

Both Shiite leader Abdulaziz al-Hakim and Vice President Adel Abdul-Madhi narrowly escaped assassination attempts in the past two days, as suicide bombings continue to kill dozens.

The son of Hakim was taken into custody and then released by an embarrassed US military, prompting tens of thousands to demonstrate in Najaf.

Ahmad frickin' Chalabi is back in a leadership role, in charge of funding Iraqis caught in the crossfire of US security sweeps. I'm assuming he won't take anything off the top, as it's not like he's ever been convicted of embezzlement or anything.

There are pretty much no qualified civilians able to carry out the vast amount of reconstruction and democracy promotion duties needed in the country.

The National Guard may be stepping into the war zone without rifles for all of its men.

America is solidly behind a readiness plan to help the troops before they are exposed to Iraq, but it's unclear if Democrats will have the political will to carry it out. Meanwhile the plan to de-authorize the 2002 AUMF in Iraq is being scuttled by Joe Lieberman in the Homeland Security Committee (they wanted to attach it to 9-11 Commission recommendation enactment).

If the average Republican up for re-election in 2008 read all of the above information, how could they possibly not vote to end this war tomorrow? How, instead, do you have 25 Republican members of Congress who speak out against escalation and vote for it anyway?

And for the Democrats, there's no political downside to continuing to fight to end our occupation in Iraq.

In fact, a partisan division over the war probably would help Democrats by further damaging the Republicans between now and next year's Presidential election. After all, if it isn't merely President Bush, but also his entire party, that supports the war and ignores public opinion, Democrats would seem to benefit.

Obviously there are a handful of high profile Republicans who have opposed the Bush policy in Iraq for a considerable time - most notably Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska in the Senate and Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina in the House - and a number of GOP members of Congress have over the past couple of months sounded increasingly critical of Bush policies.

But the House vote demonstrates that Republicans still have not left the President's ship, even though it clearly seems to be sinking, and Democrats ought not be so wedded to their talking points' emphasis on bipartisan opposition to the war that they refer to a "bipartisan resolution" that clearly was nothing of the sort.

Iraq is breaking apart, and the neocons just want everybody to shut up about it. Those who speak out and work to end this war will be rewarded. It's bizarre that the political class doesn't yet understand that.

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