April 4, 2003:
"There's been a certain amount of pop sociology in America ... that the Shia can't get along with the Sunni and the Shia in Iraq just want to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime. There's almost no evidence of that at all. Iraq's always been very secular."
For those of us who live in the real world and work for a living, this is analogous to the cobra laying down for a nap with a mongoose. This fight has been going on for what, a thousand years? Yes, when the Americans arrive the Iraqis will be so overwhelmed by our awesomeness (remember 'Shock and Awe') they will put away their differences, join hands, and sing Kumbayaa.
He will soon be the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in the nation. God help us.
And for those stopping by who have been drinking whatever the Rethugs have been serving lately, the only reason Iraq was a secular nation was because Saddam disarmed the populace and ruled with an iron fist. Saddam was our hedge against the Shi'a in Iran and now that is gone. Like we say at the shop, "you can't fix stupid".
D over at LGM finds this from Michael Mukasey, AG Apparent:
Last month, Mr. Mukasey wrote an op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal in which he seemed to embrace a view shared by the administration suggesting “current institutions and statutes are not well suited” to the military effort against terrorism. He recommended that Congress intervene “to fix a strained and mismatched legal system.”
A "military effort against terrorism" is a failed policy as we've seen thanks to Osama's last release. The greatest successes in the "War on Terra" have come from excellent police work, not bombing the shit out of folks who never did anything to us in the first place.