|From Album 5|
In non-Eric Cantor news, welcome to Iraq 2.0, Beta Version -- not exactly a model of stability. While the Obama Administration so far has turned down Iraqi requests for air strikes, it underscores the weakness of the present government and the general mess the whole "bring it on" (audio/video link) concept, um, brought on.
Gee, I thought this was going to be a brief war that would "pay for itself." In fact, the more I look at it, the more I think that, aside from the strategic considerations, the whole sordid business was little more than a way for rabid conservatives to tell libruls and progressives where to stick it...with US military personnel and the Iraqi people themselves merely props in their grand, and ugly -- and lethal -- scheme.
But when you play with fire, side effects can include burns...and that's what we're seeing as radical militants -- the inevitable result of policies that promote instability and the breakdown of civil society (remember when the Repugs painted their fingers purple to celebrate Iraqi "democracy?" -- well, they don't remember either), anyway, policies that promote instability have resulted in radical militants throughout the region taking advantage of this instability.
It's going to be messy -- and expensive. Really expensive.