Open Thread - Heading Towards Disaster Edition
Here’s two items to depress you as we head into Tuesday. First, the Iraqi army with support from American and Polish coalition forces lost control of the southern city of Diwaniyah to the Mahdi Army militia of Muqtada al Sadr, after a twelve-hour battle which claimed the lives of scores of Iraqis. The American command in Baghdad was caught spinning an account of the battle that differed from what the Iraqi commanders themselves had said. On a related note, nearly 100 Iraqi Shiite soldiers refused orders to go to Baghdad and participate in the joint American/Iraqi security crackdown in that city.
And Sean-Paul Kelly over at the Agonist provides us with a glimpse today of the latest Nelson Report, which reveals that there is a growing sense of “reluctant inevitability” amongst the diplomatic and military community about an attack against Iran by either American or Israeli forces. Ian Welsh at the Agonist provides a depressing summary of the consequences of such attacks, which is why I think Bush/Cheney will wait until after the midterms to launch the attacks. And yes, despite the damage such attacks will do to the world economy and especially our own, and despite the harm such attacks will cause to our troops in the region and interests worldwide, Bush/Cheney will still do this terrible deed simply because they dictate their own storylines and history, and feel they know better than anyone else in the world.
And on that ghastly note, take it away.