"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Time - What is life like in Baghdad

People have submitted questions and TIME Bureau Manager Ali al-Shaheen responds. The piece begins with "The headlines are often frightening, but how does life go on for the people of Iraq?" I wouldn't pretend to say life is scary or tenuous in Iraq, but with this piece at least we get a little bit of a different view. Headlines will always scream the worst, otherwise people wouldn't look.

One question and answer I found interesting (of course), was this one.

"Do you think the American public are fools for supporting George Bush?"

Response: "I can't blame the American public for the actions of their President - and anyway, I don't disagree with everything he has done. As an Iraqi, I can tell you that the war was necessary, from our point of view, because it was the only way to get rid of Saddam. But I blame President Bush for not doing enough AFTER the war, to secure the country and rebuild it. Bush's post-war policies were foolish."

I don't think that I would agree with everything the administration has done in post-war Iraq, however, any plan is an attempt at perfection, but once step one of a plan has taken place battle plans change because the battle changes. Go one way and many people say you should have done this; go another and others say you should have done that. You tell me.


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