Wednesday, August 22, 2007

U.S. Officials Rethink Hopes For Iraq Democracy

Who said we need Democracy in Iraq, a functioning government will be just fine.
Nightmarish political realities in Baghdad are prompting American officials to curb their vision for democracy in Iraq. Instead, the officials now say they are willing to settle for a government that functions and can bring security.

A workable democratic and sovereign government in Iraq was one of the Bush administration's stated goals of the war.

But for the first time, exasperated front-line U.S. generals talk openly of non-democratic governmental alternatives, and while the two top U.S. officials in Iraq still talk about preserving the country's nascent democratic institutions, they say their ambitions aren't as "lofty" as they once had been.

"Democratic institutions are not necessarily the way ahead in the long-term future," said Brig. Gen. John "Mick" Bednarek, part of Task Force Lightning in Diyala province, one of the war's major battlegrounds.
So what does 3700 dead soldiers, countless dead Iraqis and $500 billion dollars get you? According to this report nothing since the new goal would be just a functioning secure society. Gee isn't that what they had under Saddam Hussein? When Cindy Sheehan asks for what noble cause her son died for she will have the serenity of knowing that her son died for absolutely nothing as did all the others.

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