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10/17/2006 10:43 PM ID: 57693 Permalink   

US Administration Reassesses Policy Over Iraq


On the run up the mid-term elections, GOP is increasingly reevaluating its options in Iraq, which are:
* Negotiate with Insurgents
* Threaten to leave
* Withdraw to safe distance
* Stick it out
* Total Withdrawal
* More troops
* Divide Iraq

There are at least four separate wars in Iraq at the moment, including;
* Jihadist vs. US
* Nationalist vs. US
* Sunni Jihadist vs Shia
* Shia Militia vs Sunni
Prime Minitster Maliki has announced a series of plans for reconciliation.

During this state of unrest, it is reported that Washington is keen on encouraging the departure of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and replacing him with a government of 'strongmen' to oversee the division of the country into a looser federation.

    WebReporter: redstain Show Calling Card    
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
I actually thought this was a joke when i read the first paragraph, "negotiate with insurgents" lol, "threaten to leave" bwhaahaha "total withdraw" *passes out due to laughing too hard and not getting any oxygen*
  by: wingedpuma     10/18/2006 12:05 AM     
  @wingedpuma: read source, i kid you not.  
I nearly blew coffee out of my nose when I read that.

I didn't have much space to summarise, but the there is logic to those wild statements. Hear me out.

Total Withdrawl: reason, leave Iraq to fend for itself. Administration has got it's sights on NK at the moment. Time to consolidate the forces.
I'm not saying we can't take NK otherwise, but public opinion is against handling too many fronts simultaneously; they can't remember multiple streams of propaganda.

Negotiate: Their suggestion was to negotiate with insurgents. They *subtly* mentioned also inviting Syria and Iran to the table. No insinuation there then!

I apologise for scant details.
  by: redstain   10/18/2006 12:16 AM     
  negotiating with insurgents  
is actually a very reasonable idea. I think some people consider the insurgents as mindless killing machines, but they're really just people fighting for their cause.'

if we're going to say, "No, we can't negotiate with them because of Nick Berg, etc.," then we really have to consider our own credibility at the negotiating table in light of civilian casualties, Abu Ghraib, etc. By 'we' I mean the U.S., of which I'm a citizen.
  by: l´anglais     10/18/2006 12:47 AM     
  Don’t do it Dubya, stay the course!  
If you keep doing what you are doing long enough they will just give up..or die of old age! VICTORY THROUGH ATTRITION! STAY THE COURSE, STAY THE COURSE! It’s worked for you so far hasn’t it?

“I wanna kill, I want to eat burnt dead bodies, I want veins in my teeth, I wanna kill, kill, KILL, KILL!” And the psychristrist said, “Your our boy!”
  by: Valkyrie123     10/18/2006 01:52 AM     
the gop is basically adopting a non-gop strategy? i guess it's a lot easier to say you're "reassessing" your policy instead of admitting you were wrong about nearly everything.

we could've used some of that new diplomatic strategy when saddam was still in power. instead, the gop plans to create a government of "strongmen" to fill his shoes.
  by: ManilaRyce     10/18/2006 03:04 AM     
  Considering the attitude of the country  
threatening to leave will have the exact oposite effect they have planned.
  by: jaded fox     10/18/2006 02:58 PM     
  Whatever these strategies are...  
...they are not, I repeat, NOT cut and run.

They're not.

I'm serious.
  by: Mister crank     10/18/2006 03:33 PM     
  If you wonder around  
in a dark room full of furniture long enough, sooner or later you will have taken every path possible to navigate the room. Seeing this whole war seems to be about killing brown people, we’ll just call this new strategy “A shot in the darky”. It can't be much worse than what they have been doing.
  by: Valkyrie123     10/18/2006 03:37 PM     
Bush has said a multitude of times that pulling out troops while he is in office isnt an option so cross that one off now.

Hell if we had really wanted to win this thing quick and easy we should have ousted Saddam and installed another friendly dictator. Those always seem to work pretty well for usually a few decades at least.
  by: slavefortheman     10/18/2006 03:40 PM     
Hey, wasn't this thing supposed to be a cakewalk? In and out? Iraqi children throwing flowers at the Americans' feet?
  by: Mister crank     10/18/2006 06:00 PM     
  If we pulled out of Iraq...  
Bush would go down as the worst president in history, on both sides. Iraq would be a giant civial war and i bet you anything terrorist attacks in america would go up exponentially(sp).
  by: classy   10/18/2006 06:14 PM     
  Actualy makes a sick kind of sense  
Topple the unfriendly dictator and divide the nation.
An Iraq of 4 seperate states wouldnt be putting US oil dominance at risk, and they'd all be busy fighting each other and buying guns off the US.
  by: GogeVandire   10/18/2006 08:09 PM     
"Bush would go down as the worst president in
history, on both sides. Iraq would be a giant civial
war and i bet you anything terrorist attacks in
america would go up exponentially(sp). "

Please tell me that is sarcasm when you say that the
chance of terrorist attacks in America would go up
if once Bush leaves office. Where did you pick up
this information? Are you certain that any other
political canidate that wins the presidential office
will actually increase attacks?!
  by: rj2   10/19/2006 09:14 AM     
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