"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
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Monday, April 23, 2007

Improvisation – Iraq’s Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

He has become a great improviser, the Miles Davis of the war.”
Edward Wong – NY Times.com

In a vacuum, power is something so many and too many with different ideas about how something should be; fight for. Moktada al-sadr is one of those people. Where he is interested in an Iraq without outside involvement, he realizes the best bet for this scenario is to wait on the American efforts in Iraq to come to a somewhat stabilizing fruition.

Like our Democrat leadership, although much less interested in an American defeat, a senior Iraqi official said of al-sadr:

“Mr. Sadr’s thinking was in constant evolution, groping for a workable strategy for the war.”

From the NY Times:

“Perhaps nothing is more surprising than the fact that Mr. Sadr’s attitude toward the Americans actually reflects a degree of ambivalence.”

“Anti-Americanism is the basis of his unflagging popularity. More than any other Iraqi politician, he is willing to recognize, validate and capitalize on the refusal of large segments of the Shiite population, especially the poor and dispossessed, to buy into any government that has the support of the Americans. It is one of the most vexing problems for the Americans, since President Bush’s whole strategy rests on the premise that formerly oppressed Shiites will work with the Americans.”

Every action or inaction has a reaction. The Democrats, al-sadr and others will play the necessary games in the hopes of keeping their heads above water. All rely on a certain anti-Americanism that has its present benefits, but has repercussions down the road.

Al-sadr would likely not care either way what happens to the U.S. down the road as long as he gains from the benefit of its efforts there.

The Democrats have somehow managed to make a U.S. loss in Iraq to their benefit; which is not a position that I would want to find myself in. With all the divergent ideas in Iraq, once the U.S. leaves the games will almost assuredly begin, but hopefully the central government will be able to keep it together.

In the U.S., the Democrats have done as much as they possibly can to break the nation down for that power at home. Where they have miscalculated is in the negative aspects they have touted for so long and what “reaction” that generates.

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