Sunday, May 13, 2007

Can we PLEASE set a deadline to leave? Please?

If we don't, we're going to hear more and more stories like this, and it's just not going to improve. Dig?

Thousands of U.S. soldiers searched Sunday for three Americans who were missing after their patrol came under attack in an explosion that killed four other American soldiers and an Iraqi army translator.

The Islamic State in Iraq, an al-Qaida front group, said it had captured several soldiers in the attack, but offered no proof to back up its claim, posted on an Islamic Web site.

Ah yes. al Qaeda. Bin Laden's cast of idiots. Remember them? Sorry to sound like a broken record, but if it weren't for Situation FUBAR, bin Laden et al. would have no interest in Iraq.

And don't give me that "we're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them here" crap. It just shows that the Iraq war cheerleaders don't care about the misery this occupation has caused for the Iraqi people. And besides, it's bad military policy. "Hey! Let's go start a pre-emptive war in a country that didn't attack us! Maybe it'll attract al Qaeda to the place! And then, when we aren't trying to fix the country's infrastructure, fight off assorted religious factions, and figure out who exactly is on our side, we'll find time to track down al Qaeda! It's a genius idea!"

The Iraqis would beg to differ.

Oh yeah, and today, Situation FUBAR offers more of the same.

Meanwhile, a suicide truck bomber crashed into the offices of a Kurdish political party, killing at least 32 people, including the police chief, and wounding scores, officials said. It was the second suicide attack in Kurdish areas of the north in four days.

In Baghdad, a parked car exploded near the popular Sadriyah market, killing at least 17 people and wounding 46, police said. The area has been hit by several blasts usually blamed on suspected Sunni insurgents, including a car bombing on April 18 that killed 127 people.

But wait! Iraqis are STILL better off now than they were under Saddam, right? Human rights have improved, right? Hate to pop anyone's bubble, but no, they haven't.

Why are we still occupying this place, anyway? As long as the US stays there, the country is not going to get better. There will not be a Westernized, democratic, US-friendly Iraq. In fact, my prediction is that by 2020 or so, there will not even be an Iraq. The Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds are going to decide they're sick of sharing national boundaries. If it weren't for a bunch of Westerners randomly drawing up maps and propping up governments, some of these Middle Eastern countries wouldn't even exist. The only practical solution at this point would be to stop trying to run the country and step out of the way while these differing factions duke it out.

No, it won't make the neocons happy. It won't benefit the US, either. But hey, that's what happens when you go out of your way to make trouble where you shouldn't.

Why do you think I keep calling it Situation FUBAR?