Monday, November 24, 2008

Iraq learns Bush tactics

The promise or perhaps stated goal of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq was to instill our way of life, particularly democracy. I'm not at all sure how that is going. But it's clear that the Iraqi leadership has learned our primary method for getting controversial legislation through. The government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki wants to get the Status of Forces Agreement (which allows U.S. forces to remain in the country) through the Parliament. Not surprising since without U.S. forces al-Maliki would probably be out of a job. On Sunday the NYT reported that Iraqi's "top security officials"
raise[ed] the specters of a reborn insurgency, foreign attack and even piracy if a security agreement with the United States is not finalized.
Doesn't that Chicken Little strategy sound familiar. You remember: "the sky is falling" so you have to pass this bill (in 2003) to give the president the authority to invade Iraq. Or "the sky is falling" so you have to give the Sec'y of the Treasury the power to hand your money over to Wall Street (bailout?) and you have to do it right away.

Well as I said I'm not sure how they are coming on the democracy front, but they are quickly learning the Cheney/Bush tactics.

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