Wednesday :: Oct 18, 2006

Why is Losing Iraq Incomprehensible?


by paradox

I’ve always been extremely puzzled at the political stance that losing in Iraq would equal the Apocalypse, a loss of prestige and strategic value that would somehow crush life as we know it in the United States.

Poppycock. As individuals, groups and a nation loss and losing is as common as breathing. We all lose cherished relatives, that twentysomething love with a hurt that won’t be forgotten, jobs, untold material objects. Corporate and political life are full of loss, and the United States has lost two wars, 1812 and Vietnam.

The instant hiss and spit from war felons like Cheney is that merely acknowledging losing as possible greatly enhances its outcome, so such defeatist thoughts and talk is almost akin to treason, a awful moral crime that hastens deaths of our soldiers.

It’s immensely gratifying to see in The San Francisco Chronicle this morning official published corporate media acknowledgement of losing using words like “re-deploy,” “renounce all permanent military bases” and “shift troops to Afghanistan.” It is not that offensive slime about happiness in seeing political opponents fail, no, just that finally, at last, reality is being acknowledged. It is a blessed time in the evolution of losing a war when the conflagration, multiple disasters, heinous war crimes, loss of life and lying for four years reach an official media stage of telling war felons like Cheney to please shut the fuck up, James Baker is behind it, the loss is obviously upon us.

What will losing precisely mean? Above all nothing this great country cannot survive and emerge eventually thriving once again—just like we’ve all recovered from losses, to one extent or another. Also that every single possible action or tactic in the loss of Iraq is immensely favorable compared to doing nothing or maintaining the status quo.

Finally, always know there were huge risks of unimaginable scale when Bush started this war, which our whoring corporate media gushed endlessly was so bold, so daring in their twittering wargasm of potentially higher ratings. Well, that was a massively stupid, immature thing to do, and it’s time to pay.

Geopolitically losing means a huge loss of prestige and possible power of influence. Iran will be greatly empowered, if the civil war actually produces a stable political body, or Iran may covertly or overtly try to influence the civil war for a greater Shia sphere of influence. Turkey may enter the war in the north to prevent the formulation of Kurdistan.

There are twenty possible scenarios and all of them have the US in the same stance: pray things don’t escalate and the strait of Hormuz stays open. The US will have great power to stop some scenarios, but no overt power to steer events. Welcome to the rest of the world.

Militarily all of the equipment in the Iraq is at risk and should be prepared to be written off in the worst case scenario of “re-deployment.” If Iraq descends into real chaos and our troops are being attacked on the run, the southern route to Kuwait choked with mined machines, we’ll be lucky to get all of our people out alive.

Some of the Army may be instantly utilized for action on Afghanistan, assuming they still have their equipment, but most of the Army will have to be sent home and given at least 18 months to recover. After nearly four years of occupation the Army gets more busted by the day.

Currently the war is a $450 billion write-off with another $500 billion for veterans death benefits and war wound health care. A trillion dollars, half of that spread out of forty years, every…single…day staying in Iraq costing at least $500 million more. This ungodly spending horror and waste fantasy of epic proportions is over, even though we’re in hock to China for 30 years because of it.

Oil prices will be wildly unstable. Americans will finally conserve out of necessity and joyously watch the new conservation technology jobs come in the while the planet CO2 goes down. There will be a great deal of pain in the interim as citizens are stuck with grossly inefficient machines, another blown risk. Unfortuantely we decided Ford and GM could do whatever they want, and those short-sighted greedy cretins are watching their companies get smashed for it, one of the saddest American industrial stories ever.

The beginning of loss is always the worst, but at least in the acknowledgement and recovery spirits and optimism start to rise. The country will no longer be collared with a bleeding outrage (ten of our soldiers were killed yesterday), we’ll no longer be living this gross lie and investments in our people—instead of death machines that makes us less safe—can be looked forward to again.

The longer the US waits the worse and more unstable it will be. George Bush and Dick Cheney think they can just sit there for two more years, buying enough time with war criminal lies so someone else will have to fix it and be blamed for it.

"There's a sense among many people now that things in Iraq are slipping fast and there isn't a lot of time to reverse them," the corporate media published today.

Bush and Cheney don’t have two years to “re-deploy,” they might not even have two months. If they don’t do it reality, events and a responsible caretaker president will do it for them.

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