Monday, November 08, 2004

Enter Fallujah

The thing that Democrats and liberals hate the most about the Iraq War, I think, is that we sort of have to root for the plan. We weren't consulted and we vehemently disagreed, but we already invaded. That leaves us cheering for the home team, because we do love America, and hoping against hope that the plan succeeds. The problem is that we know the plan is shitty. In fact, it turns out that there was no plan. Wolfowitz, Cheney and Rumsfeld just came up with the 'brilliant strategy' to invade and then... uh... we'll fix it in post production. So here we are, re-invading Fallujah. Probably a lot of people are going to die. Our soldiers are the best trained in the world, so that 'a lot' will probably be more Iraqi than American. And it is probably going to piss a lot of Muslims and Arabs off, so they are going to keep doing what they've been doing, which is fighting a guerilla-style war against us. And we have to cheer. I've come up with a simple solution, it's not perfect, but it will get us through the next few months at least. Don't do anything. Don't move. If we don't do anything, we can't really inflame the Muslim world any more than we already have. It won't get any worse and it will be better than if a hospital or something gets blown to smithereens. That is not an image we want on al-Jazzeera. But we also don't pull out, so we haven't given up. Both sides can be happy until they get to a negotiating table or whatever to stop the fighting. Now, I'm not a foreign policy wonk. My real field of expertise is on sending messages to people and writing things so people can understand them in their own way, so I'm not going to say this is the best solution by any stretch of the imagination. But it does have the virtue of never having been tried before.

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