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Sep. 29th, 2006 | 12:31 pm

The essay in Asia Times, US troops in Iraq are Tehran's 'hostages', argues fairly convincingly for an even harsher level of "we lost" than I previously thought possible.

Previously I thought our loss in Iraq was because we are unable to achieve our objectives and the continued attempt is causing the federal government to hemmorhage money. I thought we were going to lose just because we'd face the choice of going bankrupt or leaving.

However in the above essay, the author argues:
But the main threat to the occupation comes not from the Sunni insurgents but from the militant Iraqi Shi'ite forces aligned with Iran, led by Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army. The armed Shi'ite militias are now powerful enough to make it impossible for the US occupation to continue.

Basically the claim is that since the Shi'ites are strongest where our supply routes are they could crush us at will by making it exceedingly difficult to deliver supplies.

The argument is they haven't done this already because Iran needs to keep us occupied so we don't bother them as they continue to develop their nuclear technology.

Also today's Asia Times had a couple of more essays on why NATO is loosing in Afghanistan as well. Afghanistan: Why NATO cannot win and Afghan military policy 'barking mad'.

I guess this would be one of those bits to support the idea that the Bush Presidency is one of the "worst in history". We started two wars and apparently we've strengthened anti-american forces while ruining our military's ability to maintain itself.
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markcronan

Well..

from: markcronan
date: Sep. 30th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
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Would you care to see some articles on the other side, or do you feel like "Bush worst in history" is a fair way to look at it and stand pat with that judgement?

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Diane Trout

Re: Well..

from: alienghic
date: Sep. 30th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
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Hmm... Do the articles argue that Bush has been a good president? or that the bottom is much much worse than we imagine?

Though our nation-building military adventures do look pretty bad.

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