Friday, August 04, 2006

What comes after "clusterfuck"?

Associated Press - August 4, 2006

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Hundreds of thousands of Shiites chanting “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” marched through the streets of Baghdad’s biggest Shiite district Friday in a show of support for Hezbollah militants battling Israeli troops in Lebanon.

"Hundreds of thousands." "Death to America." Does anyone think Iran wasn't behind this demonstration? Because a "demonstration" is exactly what it is. It demonstrates that the gossamer government in Iraq can be blown to the four winds at the time of Iran's choosing. Remember, Shiites are in the majority in Iraq, and are joined at the hip with Iran. These hundreds of thousands are a small fraction of the people to whom the current Iraqi regime are accountable....and the people are getting a little testy. Any Shiite politician in Iraq who continues to bed down with the Americans is now on notice.

I'm not a sunny optimist under the best of circumstances, but this scares the shit out of me. Clear the embassy roof and gas up the Hueys. We haven't a friedman to spare. I give it another month before the whole place goes up for grabs, and while the Codpiece Administration has apparently gotten away with losing an entire American metropolis, a Katrina-style evacuation from the Green Zone will not cut the mustard.


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