Tuesday, November 29, 2005

t r u t h o u t - James J. Zogby | Adrift and No Substantive Debate

While the Americans debate the fact there is no debate on Iaq worth having, over here instead of a debate we have Minges Campbell blowing into the wind.

Still, the Tory leadership race is almost over.
Currently I expect Cameron to duck the issue.

t r u t h o u t - James J. Zogby | Adrift and No Substantive Debate: "Adrift and No Substantive Debate
By James J. Zogby
truthout | Perspective

Monday 28 November 2005

We are adrift in Iraq, and there is no serious policy debate equal to the dangers of the current situation. The problems are many.

It is not just that the Bush administration's current course isn't working, it's that there is no clarity as to what that course is. There are slogans: 'supporting our troops,' 'fighting terrorists there so we won't have to fight them here,' 'advancing democracy,' etc. They all sound clear and quite simple, but they do not provide a realizable goal, let alone a strategy. It should be clear by now that elections alone do not constitute a functioning democracy (either in Iraq or Afghanistan). With the original goal of a secular, Western-style democracy in Iraq exposed for the unrealistic objective it always was, there is a need for new metrics to measure success in Iraq."

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