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Saturday, March 22, 2003

The Aftermath...

The liberals' nightmare scenario is coming true. It's turning into a short war with light casualties. To attempt to deflect the egg from thier faces, liberals are going to nit-pick whatever happens afterward in an attempt to portray the victory as a failure. As a result, I predict we'll be hearing a great deal more about Turkey and Northern Iraq. The Kurds there want to form thier own republic, but Turkey is deathly afraid of it, fearing the Kurds in thier own country will want the same thing. This was the REAL reason Turkey didn't grant us basing rights for our troops, although the press left out some of these important details to give the impression Turkey opposed the war on Iraq in principle. The Turks wanted to come cross the border with U.S. troops, supposedly to safeguard against a refugee flood, but what they really wanted were troops in place to discourage the Kurds from turning thier independent enclaves, established after Operation Desert Storm, into a full-fledged state.

The other front in the liberal war on victory will be to whine and moan about how much it costs. We've already seen the opening salvo in the Senate vote to trim $100 billion from proposed tax cuts. An editorial on The Nation is an example, along with other possible lines of attack leftists will use once we discover President Bush was right all along:

Americans will soon be forced to confront the question of who is to pay for what is about to unfold. The White House has withheld from Congress and the American people the true political, humanitarian and economic costs of the war and of the occupation that is to follow, but even by the most modest estimates, they will be staggering. In addition to lost lives in Iraq and ruptured friendships around the world, they include grave domestic damage; by adding $200 billion or more in war-related costs to the cost of his tax cuts for the wealthy, Bush has signed a death warrant for many social welfare programs and damaged our society for years to come.

Returning to the post-war nit-picking:

Another issue that must be confronted is the postwar agenda in the Middle East. Already hawks are arguing that the United States should use a conquered Iraq as a base for increased military pressure on Iran and Syria, with the goal of further "regime change." If the Administration chooses this course, it will put the lie to its rhetoric about bringing democracy to the region. Instead, it must work cooperatively with the European Union, Russia and the UN to dismantle Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and bring about a viable Palestinian state.

And if there were any doubts that the anti-war movement is in reality anti-Bush:

In America, in the weeks and years ahead, [the anti-war] movement confronts several historic challenges. In the long term it must build an alternative foreign policy and sustain its dedication to a nonimperial future. In the short term it must organize to remove the Bush Administration from office and elect new leaders dedicated to international cooperation and peace.

Straight from the horse's mouth - the one on the back end.


The Iraqi leadership must have a genetic inability to face the truth. The Iraqi Information Minister held a press conference in which he said:

  • Um Qasr has not been captured

  • Faw has not been captured

  • No Iraqi soldier has been captured

  • The Iraqi 51st Infantry Division had not surrendered, and in fact "courageously fighting the enemy and inflicting huge losses on them."

Speaking of delusional...

It's amazing how anti-war zealots turn into armchair generals once the shooting starts. I spotted an article by Brendan O'Neill over at Spiked Online. As you would expect from a liberal rant, it is full of left-wing hypocrisy:

America and Britain's war on Iraq - whether it starts in 24, 48 or 72 hours - will certainly be devastating. But it will also be a cowardly war. It looks set to be a precautionary war, where every feasible measure will be taken to 'minimise the risks' faced by US and UK troops. The statements and leaks currently coming from the Pentagon suggest that America is hoping for a war without risk, using massive bombardments, special 'effects' and plain old wishful thinking to compensate for traditional military engagement.

Leaving aside for the moment that the "indirect approach" is the foundation of desert warfare, if the coalition forces used good old fashioned brute force in a "hey diddle-diddle, straight up the middle" approach, Mr. O'Neill would be up in arms about casualties, both civilian and military. Since they are not, they are cowards.

The left is displaying little more than anti-Bush spite left over from the Florida 2000 election fiasco.

"Today's report confirms that, despite White House scare tactics, Social Security remains sound for decades to come.."

-? Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) upon hearing reports that the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds will go bankrupt even earlier than predicted.

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