Tuesday, November 29, 2005

What price a foolish war

The big question is whether Bushco will be held accountable for the debacle that is Iraq, or whether they will sneak out just as the American troops will sneak out.

On the Today programme this morning one of the Powell team more or less accused Cheney of war crimes and accused him outright of committing crimes against US law.

The investigation of Rove starts to go deeper.

What revelation will come next?
t r u t h o u t - James J. Zogby | Adrift and No Substantive Debate: "What had to come, has come. The question is no longer if American forces will be withdrawn, but how soon - and at what cost. In this respect, as in so many others, the obvious parallel to Iraq is Vietnam.

Confronted by a demoralized army on the battlefield and by growing opposition at home, in 1969 the Nixon administration started withdrawing most of its troops in order to facilitate what it called the 'Vietnamization' of the country. The rest of America's forces were pulled out after Secretary of State Henry Kissinger negotiated a 'peace settlement' with Hanoi. As the troops withdrew, they left most of their equipment to the Army of the Republic of South Vietnam - which just two years later, after the fall of Saigon, lost all of it to the communists.

Clearly this is not a pleasant model to follow, but no other alternative appears in sight."


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