November 1, 2006
Edging Towards Chaos
Apparently, this looks like winning to Bush:
A classified briefing prepared two weeks ago by the United States Central Command portrays Iraq as edging toward chaos, in a chart that the military is using as a barometer of civil conflict.As The Agonist noted, this chart was leaked from the military, which means that they know what's going on and someone in the ranks can no longer stand the faux happy talk. Some things that immediately jumped at me from the chart (click image to enlarge):
• Public hostile rhetoric from political/religious leaders is routine.
• Unorganized spontaneous mass civil conflict is routine.
• The government and police are significantly ineffectual.
• Militias significantly expand their security role.
• Low level sectarian violence is critical.
• A notation boxed in red underneath notes, "urban areas experiencing ethnic cleansing campaigns to consolidate control... violence at all-time high, spreading geographically".
• As Global Guerilla pointed out, chaos is now used as a military metric.
The article notes that this chart was part of a briefing prepared three days before General Abizaid met with Bush and Rumsfeld on October 18th, which means that Bush and Rumsfeld knew that things were that bad.
Yet what do they do? The Pentagon publicly insists that the Iraqi government is making progress and security is improving. Bush continues to claim that the "Democratic goal is to get out of Iraq and that "the Republican goal is to win in Iraq" while simultaneously teaming up with other Republicans in attacking John Kerry over a non-issue to make political points.
Bush and his administration are so busy attacking political opponents and hiding the truth instead of attacking terrorists and solving the quagmire they've hatched in Iraq.
As Daily Kos notes:
It's said that a picture is worth is a thousand words. Is this chart worth 2,817 American deaths? Is that clinical image of a nation sliding towards chaos worth 44,779 wounded? Is it worth the tens of thousands of slain Iraqis?Retired Lt. General William E. Odom lays down the straight talk (h/t: Firedoglake):
Our leaders do not act because their reputations are at stake. The public does not force them to act because it is blinded by the president's conjured set of illusions: that we are reducing terrorism by fighting in Iraq; creating democracy there; preventing the spread of nuclear weapons; making Israel more secure; not allowing our fallen soldiers to have died in vain; and others.Tags:
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