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At some point, someone somewhere will have to stop talking about what we should do in Iraq and, instead, just do it.
While the politicians, pundits and experts pondered the release Wednesday of the Iraq Study Group’s long-awaited report, 11 more American soldiers died in that stupid war launched by a mentally-ill President under false pretenses.
The death toll for Americans stands at more than 2,900 and is closing in on 3,000. About the only thing any of us knows for sure is that many more will die before America extricates itself from a war it can’t win and never should have launched.
And let’s not forget the thousands upon thousands of Iraqi civilians who have died and continue to die. Some estimates put the civilian death toll at more than 100,000, a figure that the United States, of course, disputes. But the bottom line is that too many Americans and Iraqis have lost their lives because of George W. Bush’s madness and the madness must stop.
Even if Bush and Congress accepted every one of the Iraq Study Group’s 79 recommendations, it will not stop the carnage in Iraq and American combat troops would not be out of harm’s way before 2008 at the earliest. Even then, we would be replacing the combat brigades with a sharply-increased number of military advisors who would be easy prey among the poorly-trained and ill-equipped Iraqi military.
Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, an analyst for NBC News, calls the idea of sending in more military advisors stupid at best.
"You increase the chances for American military casualties under such a plan," McCaffrey says.
Military advisors were tried in Vietnam. They failed and we sent in combat troops. So 30 plus years later, our answer is that when combat troops fail we send in the advisors? Someone is letting the inmates run the asylum.
Forget the political pandering and propaganda. Iraq is lost. The country is embroiled in a bitter, uncontrollable civil war that we created and cannot cure. Americans and Iraqis will continue to die while politicians talk.
The Iraq Study Group is correct when they say Iraq is a colossal failure by Bush and his minions. It will go down as the worst military, diplomatic and political debacle in this country’s history and will define forever George W. Bush’s failed, miserable, pathetic, insane Presidency.
But they are wrong if they think their weak list of recommendations can salvage the FUBAR in Iraq. We took a nation that posed no threat to the security or welfare of this country and turned it into a hellhole where civil war reigns, a breeding ground for extremists who will threaten this nation’s security for generations to come. We destabilized not only Iraq but the entire Middle East.
And there ain’t a damn thing we can do to fix it. Whether it happens now, next week, next month, next year or in 2008, our only option is to admit defeat, get the hell out and live with the consequences.
We destroyed a nation, a people and a culture with our invasion of Iraq. In the end, we may have destroyed ourselves as well.
*(FUBAR is a military acronym that stands for (depending on the branch of service) "Fucked Up Beyond All Repair" or "Fucked Up Beyound All Recognition.")