America’s Ugly Allies in Iraq: A Profile of Abu Abed

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This article is a must-read according to my friend Nir Rosen on what illusory American success in Iraq is based on.
I find these quotes from the piece illuminating:

“The Americans lost hope with an Iraqi government that is both sectarian and dominated by militias, so they are paying for locals to fight al-Qaida. It will create a series of warlords.
It’s like someone who brought cats to fight rats, found himself with too many cats and brought dogs to fight the cats. Now they need elephants.”

— Steve Clemons

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5 comments on “America’s Ugly Allies in Iraq: A Profile of Abu Abed

  1. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “And back then, everyone assumed that Iraq had WMDs, that Saddam would not permit inspections, and that we would go in under the auspices of the UN as part of a true international coalition.”
    Thats bullshit, and you know it.
    There was plenty of dissension about the “assumption” that Saddam had WMDs. Remember Ritter? Blix?
    And…….
    Prior to the invasion, Saddam invited the inspectors back in, and even offered to allow CIA observors on the inspection teams.
    BTW, there was also a couple million Americans protesting in the streets, knowing full well we were being fed a line of shit.

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  2. p.lukasiak says:

    “It would be easy to blame Bush for all of this, and, as commander and chief, where the buck stops. Accept for a few who voted against the invasion of Iraq, the entire Congress is as much to blame. When over half of American saw this scam for what it was/is, it is a lie to say Congress didn’t see it as well.”
    I can’t really blame Congress that much. Those of us who were willing to stand up and say that Bush was a war-monger who could not be trusted were few and far between in the fall of 2002. And back then, everyone assumed that Iraq had WMDs, that Saddam would not permit inspections, and that we would go in under the auspices of the UN as part of a true international coalition.
    It wasn’t until the late February/early March that the truth became clear — there was no evidence of WMDs at all in Iraq. And by that time, the GOP had taken over control of both houses of Congress. Even if Democrats wanted to do something to prevent the invasion, they were powerless to stop it.

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  3. EA says:

    Bandaid over a boil.
    Democracy in Iraq. What a joke! Eventually another strongman tyrant will rise to the surface of the puke-filled cauldron we have engineered. There was one partially digested overlord that kept things at bay before the invasion: Saddam. Only difference he was not OUR tyrant. Mission accomplished!

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  4. Linda says:

    If we pay and support war lords to solve the problems we created by invading Iraq, all we are doing is creating another Afghanistan and sowing the seeds for blowback.

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  5. Dennis says:

    It would be easy to blame Bush for all of this, and, as commander and chief, where the buck stops. Accept for a few who voted against the invasion of Iraq, the entire Congress is as much to blame. When over half of American saw this scam for what it was/is, it is a lie to say Congress didn’t see it as well.
    With the installation of Judge Mukasey as head of the Justice Department, we can watch all investigations into what took place in the White House leading up to Iraq quitely slip into history, as well as the torture episodes, as well as the spying on Americans prior to 9/11.
    If I had been involved in any of these as a member of the White House, the Congress, the military, the telecommunications industry, I’d now be sleeping well at night.
    You don’t have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.

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