'cause the neo plan just wasn't keeping pace.
Still waiting for my hat tip from Roger though.
Guess I'll remind him when he's done with the race.
Now everyone seems to know their role,
as they jockey for a toe hold on the brink.
But, who could forget all those purple doves,
They lent such a nice touch, don't you think?
Drum has a somewhat heartening Report from Baghdad . However, I was struck by an exchange Fareed Zakaria had Sunday with the roundtable on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" He pointed out that India, Nigeria, Malaysia and other nations with multi-ethnic populations have sectarian riots from time to time and they do not fall into civil war. When asked what a civil war would look like he said, "a concerted effort by the communities to continue." He did not think this applied to Iraq, because there seemed to be a "pull back."
However, when reminded that the activities of the Iraqi Interior Ministry hit squads and the retaliatory executions had been going on for months, Zakaria admitted that when the US allowed militias to be an intergral part of the Iraqi defense forces, for the sake of political expediency, it was a grave error and endemic to the continued sectarian conflict.
Translation: For the sake of G.W.'s election campaign, we colluded with militia groups so they could keep a lid on things long enough for the US elections to take place and for all the "democracy" events to proceed long enough for us to get the hell out of there before the 2006 mid-terms.