Thursday, November 30, 2006
The New York Times yesterday, November 29, 2006, released the text of an allegedly leaked, classified memo, written by Stephen J. Hadley, president G. W. Bush's national security adviser, and concerning Iraq and specifically the Iraqi prime minister, Maliki. We say allegedly leaked, because so often these things are "leaked" on purpose.
First of all, the Bush administration wants to set up for what ever it has been planning for Iraq. If they want to oust Maliki replacing him with a strongman, then they are prepping the American and international public by planting various seeds to suggest that they, the Bush administration, has tried to be thoughtful concerning the whole Iraqi affair. Such a memo attempts to fit that bill. However, the memo is revealing in other ways as well.
The whole tenor of Hadley's memo shows a great naÃ¯vetÃ© or an even greater malevolence.
This is first and foremost a religious war on the side of the Muslims. The only way to win that war is spiritually. All the secular weapons in the imagination of the US weapons designers, engineers, and manufacturers will never win that war. They will only lead to self-destruction, and rightly so.
Installing a dictator under the cover of having supposedly openly (intentionally leaked) exhausted all the other myopic alternatives will just be putting a Saddam Hussein type back into power but one who will militarily force the capitalist market to remain open to Western, and particularly US, multinational corporations.
This is no plan for salvation for anyone. It's a shallow, selfish plan that will backfire, as it ought to.