The U.S. military is worn out and demoralized. The Global War on Terror has outlasted the Second World War, with no end in sight. Americans are tired of the Iraq War and doubt this government is winning it. Is it time for the government to change course? No, it’s time to fire up the propaganda factories.
Bush is out stumping for the War on Terror, but not, he says, because his party’s approval ratings are in the gutter with slightly more than two months until the elections. No, he wants to refocus our attention on the overall objective, and get our attention away from his Iraq fiasco. As usual, the Republicans are lying for the greater good, which means keeping their party in power for two more years. Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman recently said, “A lot of the people who say we need to withdraw from Iraq say we’ll be safer, and I don’t think that’s accurate.” Mehlman is right, that isn’t accurate. “A lot of people” means “Democrats,” but what’s inaccurate is his claim that we are saying withdrawal from Iraq will make us safer.
This horse has been whipped enough, but the ruling party won’t relent. The stated objective in Iraq this week is to stay long enough for the puppet regime we installed to magically gain legitimacy and take control. That’s a nice sentiment, but how exactly will we do it? Anyone who thinks Sunnis will stop resenting Shiite majority control of the government, or that Shiites will ever again allow themselves to be ruled by Sunnis, or that the Kurds want anything less than an autonomous region, if not an independent state, has no business making U.S. government policy. Iran may yet form an alliance with the Shiite majority. Iraq may yet turn into something we never intended. When you screw up to the extent that Cheney, Rumsfeld and Gen. Tommy Franks did, things usually go horribly wrong.