The following short extracts are taken from an excellent and comprehensive analysis which should be read in its entirety:
Did anyone really imagine it would be any different? The Guardian reports that Bush has already decided on his “new” strategy for Iraq, ahead of the recommendations of the “Iraq Study Group” he appointed – and ahead of the internal government review of strategy which he ordered only this week. And what is the strategy? More of the same. How could it be otherwise? The Decider-in-Chief cannot admit, not even to himself, that any of his decisions have ever been wrong. How can they be, when they are dictated by his “gut,” and his gut is guided by God Almighty?
And so he is going to intensify the war as much as politically possible, push the envelope of further brutality and repression as far as he can, for as long as he can, and hope that this will finally do the trick. It won’t, of course, but as the Guardian notes, quoting a former top Bush official, “He is in a state of denial about Iraq. Nobody else is anymore. But he is.” He believes that his willfuly ignorant “gut feelings” – formed, of course, out of the malevolent whisperings of his handlers, especially those who most assidiuously flatter his prejudices and his enormous, infantile ego – must be correct and will win through in the end.
The Bushists, backed by the Establishment, will still keep dragging out the war, month after month, year after year, in one form or another. Thousands upon thousands of innocent Iraqis will die, hundreds if not thousands more American soldiers will die, Iraq will sink further into chaos, the United States will sink further into bankruptcy.
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