Mind Reader?

How else could a woman born, raised and living in Iraq have possibly known what I've been thinking?
My only conclusion is that the Americans want to withdraw from Iraq, but would like to leave behind a full-fledged civil war because it wouldn't look good if they withdraw and things actually begin to improve, would it?

Riverbend of Baghdad Burning
I suppose she's not the only one.

H/T to Sumo.

Ed's Note: This is my Cynic talking. I think Bu$hCo wants things nice and tidy before we leave Iraq*. As long as that country's government is amenable to American hegemony in the field of Oil Production, of course.

* A politically improbable possibility I'm afraid, but convinced 'tis true.


  1. Hmmm. I had never thought of that. That things would improve if we left. Somehow I don't see that happening. I see it getting worse whether we're there or not. That's just me. Hopefully I'm wrong.

    I fell asleep with the news on last night and woke up at 2am to the news of Saddam being executed. The whole thing just makes me sick. It's not like the guy didn't have it coming to him, but something about it just disgusts me.

    This whole thing disgusts me.

  2. I hear ya, BG. As my note suggests, I such thoughts when in my most cynical mode.

    The rational explanation is something I think we've all been saying for a long time though; the U.S. Invasion started the chaos and our continued presence contributes to its growth, with no signs what-so-ever of having a moderating effect.

    So while I've little doubt that things will surely get worse in the immediacy of our withdrawal, 2 big developments will become possible once that happens:

    1) An Iraqi government will have only themselves upon whom to rely in working it out. None of the sides will be able to accuse the other of being American Puppets

    2) A currently politically dead option of the U.N. playing a Blue Helmet role will finally - and for whatever it may be worth - be on the table. Iraq isn't an agrarian economy. UN intervention would, based on History, do enough to at least allow folks to go back to work and find the profit motive again. The UN isn't the US. The substitution would be prone to far less antipathy and susceptible to far less jihadist propagandistic influence.

    This whole thing disgusts me.

    You an' me both, mi amiga. You and me both.

  3. I clicked on the hanging video, but punched out when it appeared to be turning into a pep rally. Disgust is a good word.

    And as to American hegemony and oil sales, Steve Gilliard has observed that, no matter who it turns out to be, the last man standing, be he Kurd, Sunni or Shia, will sell us oil.

    So what's the point?

  4. No doubt about it, R. These guys really are incredibly freaking stupid human beings. Not unintelligent at all; just basing their decisions on faulty premises and dying - well, killing actually - to have as much control as possible over the circumstances.

    They are incontrovertibly antithetical to the Free Market principles they claim to love and promote.

    Gilliard, btw, is probably the one guy who helped me understand the concept of fungibility when it comes to oil.

    And yah, I couldn't care less about seeing anyone hang.

  5. nice


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