Thursday, June 30, 2005

Dangerous Incompetence - New York Times

Dangerous Incompetence - New York Times: "The latest fantasy out of Washington is that American-trained Iraqi forces will ultimately be able to do what the American forces have not: defeat the insurgency and pacify Iraq.

'We've learned that Iraqis are courageous and that they need additional skills,' said Mr. Bush in his television address. 'And that is why a major part of our mission is to train them so they can do the fighting, and then our troops can come home.'

Don't hold your breath. This is another example of the administration's inability to distinguish between a strategy and a wish.

Whether one agreed with the launch of this war or not - and I did not - the troops doing the fighting deserve to be guided by leaders in Washington who are at least minimally competent at waging war. That has not been the case, which is why we can expect to remain stuck in this tragic quagmire for the foreseeable future."

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