On Iraq, U.S. Turns to Onetime Dissenters

The decision to send Carney back to Iraq -- and to abandon the policies that so rankled him in 2003 -- represents a fundamental shift in the Bush administration's approach to stabilizing the country. Desperate for new approaches to stifle the persistent Sunni insurgency and Shiite death squads that are jointly pushing the country toward an all-out civil war, the White House made a striking about-face last week, embracing strategies and people it once ... Full Story »

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Joseph F Dunphy MBA MFP
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by Joseph F Dunphy MBA MFP - Oct. 1, 2008

This story doesn't even bother to mention whether the ex-ambassador even speaks any Iraqi langage. There is no mention of a base of support in Iraq for his views. This is neo-colonialist, top-down, power-elite based coverage. What the average reader takes away from this is that the Bush Administration is consistently listening to the wrong people. And now that the Administration is listening to him, might that not also be an indicator that his solutions are out-of-date? The article does not mention the one obvious possiblity: turning it over to the Iraqis, with the US merely assisting with technical support. Oddly, that seems to be the position favored by Iraqis and the US public. What the article confirms is that the administration can not handle foreign policy, which is a much bigger question than just re-building Iraq. And now the administration is pushing for another 100,000 active duty troops in the next 5 years. Depressing in the extreme.

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