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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Wishful Thinking in DC

I attended a think tank talk today involving Iraq. I can't get into specifics because it was off the record, but just to give you an idea of how misguided many of these people are, I'll relate the following: one person got up to ask a question and in the process referred to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia as "the leader of the Muslim world, and the leader of the Arab world" and described him as "an enlightened man". What is disturbing is not that the Saudis have hired DC propagandists to sing their praises, but rather that the room did not break out in laughter and derision at this person's audacious sycophancy.

Otherwise, here's something I wrote for Hudson-NY: Iraq Withdrawal: Wishful Thinking.

It concludes with,

Consequently, Obama can give speeches to his heart’s desire but he’s not in charge of this particular policy, a policy agreed to by his predecessor in office and now wholly up to the Iraqi voter to decide on.

6 Comments:

Blogger Jaguar b. p. said...

Obama can give speeches to his heart’s desire but he’s not in charge of this particular policy, a policy agreed to by his predecessor in office and now wholly up to the Iraqi voter to decide on.

Nibras, the SOFA agreement with the puppet government of Iraq, specifying a 2012 exit date
is meaningless, and was never going to be honored.
Its purpose was to buy time, and it would have been altered again within 3 years to allow indefinite extension.

Obama's promise on the other hand, was made to the American electorate, and will thus be more difficult to break.
The Obama/Biden plan is therefore the first credible date for substantial withdrawal, because it was made in a credible setting.

In contrast, no one cares what Bush is signing with his Iraqi manservants and his personal dog Maliki, they are nothing.

6:05 PM, March 05, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one person got up to ask a question and in the process referred to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia as "the leader of the Muslim world, and the leader of the Arab world" and described him as **"an enlightened man".**
I would have been rolling on the floor laughing.
Solo

6:43 AM, March 08, 2009

 
Blogger Jaguar b. p. said...

King 3Abdullah is Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, who are you?

5:40 AM, March 12, 2009

 
Blogger Bassam Sebti said...

I laughed when I heard that remark and thought what is this BS? But I agree most of the people in the room did not say anything about it.

Well, the speaker himself made some absurd comments as well, regarding some of the facts about Iraq. As you said, we can't go into details because it was off the record.

4:38 PM, March 15, 2009

 
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