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U.S. Lowers Sights On What Can Be Achieved in Iraq:
"The United States no longer expects to see a model new democracy, a self-supporting oil industry or a society in which the majority of people are free from serious security or economic challenges, U.S. officials say."
So we've come to this point? Where we strip back much of the false pretenses that have dominated the discussion so far?
Now we'll start to talk about the realistic goals that we still hope to achieve. Gone will be all talk about women's rights, or a free market economy, or freedom in the middle east.
Grownups will say:
Some concessions will have to be made in response to our "unrealistic expectations"?
So now, as Iran and North Korea are inching closer to being nuclear players, we no longer hear much talk about how in the post 9-11 world we have to prevent rogue states from acquiring weapons of mass destruction, and now, as we start to see the growth of an Islamic state in Iraq we'll hear less and less talk about how we are liberating a people and bringing them freedom and democracy...
...and we'll accept, with a sigh, and with total obedience from the principled left and right that the best of all possible solutions will be to shoot for more realistic goals...
...a weakened government that concedes to the demands of the west while allowing the local theocrats to play god with the little people...
...we'll still get our military bases built right in the middle of a strategic area to perform "constabulary" duties (the PNAC word for it, not mine) and to put a little fear into the likes of Syria and Iran should they ever have designs to threaten our good friends in the region...
... oh, and is that some sorely needed oil under the ground around here? What a happy coincidence!
Its a good thing the Iraqi government realizes the importance of its oil wealth in rebuilding after the mess we've made of their country. And as a gesture of good faith, we'll buy as much as they need to sell.
The publicly stated goals were never the privately stated goals. We were sold a set of false expectations and we're now being told that we were duped. Of course I don't expect the wingnuts to ever admit that they were fooled. Nope, they'll just preach the lie that we fell short of our well intentioned lofty goals.
Really, when I borrowed your car without asking, it was to go put gas in it. It was just by some bizarre set of bad circumstances that I ended up in Vegas, selling your car for gambling money. I meant well, I'm the victim here!
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