Thursday, February 24, 2005

Now you think about this?

Juan Cole:

Al-Hayat has a long interview with an "informed Iraqi source" who is close to US officials in Iraq. He maintains that the US officials there were astounded that the United Iraqi Alliance did so well, and that they felt helpless and resigned as the process unfolded. He says that they are now asking privately if the US shed so much blood and treasure in Iraq to help fundamentalist Shiite allies of Iran take over Baghdad. [my emphasis]

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Tell me who, aside from the Repub true believers, had any doubt this was going to happen? WTF? I knew it as soon as the Chimp started talking about elections. Let's see if it bothers them enough to find the excuse to have new elections. It's more and more apparent that the Bush administration was played for fools, by Chalabi, by Iran, and by the Shi'ites in Iraq. Worst of all, they played themselves, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy that could only end in failure. If a theocratic, anti-American/pro-Iran government emerges in Iraq, Bush's 'base' are gonna drag him out the White House and string him up on the Mall.

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