Tag Archives: appeasement

Bush: A Terrorist-Appeaser Mugged by Reality?

U.S. Considering Ending Outreach to Insurgents,” by Robin Wright, Washington Post, 1 December 2006, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/30/AR2006113001710.html (from Daily Kos).

The 80% Solution,” by BarbinMD, Daily Kos, 1 December 2006, http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/12/1/73529/5740.

Great, great news.


Is This Man Coming Back?

Please let it be true.

The Bush administration is deliberating whether to abandon U.S. reconciliation efforts with Sunni insurgents and instead give priority to Shiites and Kurds, who won elections and now dominate the government, according to U.S. officials.

The proposal, put forward by the State Department as part of a crash White House review of Iraq policy, follows an assessment that the ambitious U.S. outreach to Sunni dissidents has failed. U.S. officials are increasingly concerned that their reconciliation efforts may even have backfired, alienating the Shiite majority and leaving the United States vulnerable to having no allies in Iraq, according to sources familiar with the State Department proposal.

Some insiders call the proposal the “80 percent” solution, a term that makes other parties to the White House policy review cringe. Sunni Arabs make up about 20 percent of Iraq’s 26 million people.

If this is true, thank God. For three years Bush has led us into the wilderness, appeasing terrorists, subverting a democratically elected government, and exposing his administration for the out-of-date, intellectually bankrupt organization that it really is.

The sooner Bush accepts the reality that the United States Military gave him on a silver platter three years ago, the better for us, for the Iraqis, and the world.

Bush’s greatest accomplishment, if he actually begins fighting terrorists and supporting democracy in Iraq (instead of vice versa), is smashing our enemies, to forever weaken the Arab National-Secularists and the Qaeda Jihadis. Iraq is Vietnam for al Qaeda and al Baath.

White House Subverts Democratically Elected Government

“Iraq After Jaafari,” by Tony Karon, Time, 20 April 2006, http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1185825,00.html (from No More Mister Nice Blog).

This is so bad that it’s almost hilarious.

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Ngo Dinh Diem Jean Baptiste
January 3, 1910 – November 2, 1963
President of the Republic of Viet Nam


Because of inaction by his “ally” John Kennedy, the democratically elected President of Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, was murdered in a military coup. The echoes of this would shatter America’s morale in Vietnam. While future Vietnamese Presidents came and went, all remembered that the weak and gimped defense of its friend, Ngo Dinh Diem.

President Bush, in one of his increasingly Kennedyesque moments, may have just sabotaged the Iraq War in the same way:

Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari announced Thursday that he would refer his nomination for a second term back to the United Iraqi Alliance, the dominant Shi’ite bloc in the new legislature. That opens the way for the Alliance to select a new candidate and break the deadlock created by the refusal of the Kurdish, Sunni and secular blocs, backed by the U.S., to accept a second Jaafari term.

Sistani may have also been spurred to intervene by ominous talk in Baghdad that a group of secular, once-exiled politicians previously favored by the U.S. were planning to seize power and seek U.S. backing. Former U.S.-appointed Prime Minister Iyad Allawi suggested on Iraqi TV last weekend that Iraqi political leaders, despite being marginalized by the Iraqi electorate, might have to create an extra-constitutional “emergency government.” One of his key allies, acting speaker of parliament Adnan Pachachi, told reporters that such a government would not be based either on the constitution or on the election results — results, he claimed, which didn’t necessarily reflect the true will of the Iraqi people . Such a move would likely provoke a violent Shi’ite reaction, if not full-scale civil war, which the moderate Sistani would be anxious to avoid.

Bush has been trying to marginalize the democratic government of Iraq for months now, and this is a new step. By pushing out Jaafari, who successfully turned the Mahdi Army against al Sadr, Bush moves us even closer to the Terrorists in Iraq and away from the loyalty forces that are the keys to victory.

Threatening our allies with a coup is sickening. Doing so to stop the outcome of a free election is worse. Trusting Bush with Phase IV operations in Iraq has been disastrous.

President Bush’s first term — including beginning our response to the Long War, the liberation of Afghanistan, the liberation of Iraq (including the disbanding of Iraq’s Army) — will go down as one of the greatest in American history. With the sole exceptions of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, Bush’s second term thus far is one of the worst.