Monday :: Aug 22, 2005

"Regimes" Change


by larre

Remember Bush's insistence on "regime change"?

Well, a little after midday, WaPo is reporting that "Shiites and Kurds were sending a draft constitution to parliament on Monday that would fundamentally change Iraq, transforming the country into a loose federation, with a weak central administration governed by Islamic law, negotiators said."

The draft essentially spits in the face of the Sunni population. It "would formalize an already autonomous Kurdish state in the north," essentially convert the southern half of Iraq into an autonomous "substate", empower Islamic theocrats as judges of both family and constitutional matters, and likely lead to oppression of Iraqi women.

Does this mean Bush has forced U.S. troops into becoming part of an Iraqi civil war for years to come? Or, will our forces abandon the cities and use air power to prevent the Lebanonization of Iraq, as Juan Cole suggests?

Both options seem awful to me and, frankly, unlikely to succeed.

Has the Bush administration left our nation with no better options than to continue throwing away our wealth, raising our children to die in the sands of miserable Mesopotamia, and destabilize the Middle East for generations to come?

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