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Civil War: Let Iraq Handle it
Posted by: mcq on Friday, March 10, 2006

To those out there who expressed concern about the US being seen to take sides should civil war break out, relax:
U.S. military commanders don't intend to allow a civil war in Iraq to occur, but if it happens, they'll let Iraqi security forces handle it, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday.

"The plan is to prevent a civil war," Rumsfeld told the Senate Appropriations Committee. "And to the extent that one were to occur, to have the — from a security standpoint — have the Iraqi security forces deal with it, to the extent that they're able to."
OK, don't relax, but feel a little better about it. That last caveat ("to the extent they're able to") could mean a number of things, but it could certainly mean we'd finally step in if the war got beyond their "extent" of capability.

Oh, and when are we ever going to quit trusting any government agency when it estimates how much anything is going to cost?
Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., the committee's ranking Democrat, questioned the mounting costs for both wars, which he said already have topped $369 billion. He noted that if Congress passes the latest spending request, costs for the Iraq war will top $320 billion.

[...]

Bush is expected to ask Congress for $50 billion more for Iraq and Afghanistan in early fiscal 2007. The Congressional Budget Office projected last year that military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan could end up costing more than $800 billion by the end of the 2014 fiscal year.

In early 2003, Rumsfeld told Congress that the Iraq war would cost less than $50 billion. Other defense officials estimated the cost to be around $80 billion to $85 billion, assuming that U.S. troops would occupy the country for six months after the invasion.
The only good news here is this cost will eventually go away. Wish I could say the same for Medicare and Medicaid.
 
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Figures that Byrd would bring up the cost of the war. As if the cost existed in a vacuum.

I’m reminded of Philip Larkin’s "Homage to a Government."
Next year we are to bring the soldiers home
For lack of money, and it is all right.
Places they guarded, or kept orderly,
Must guard themselves, and keep themselves orderly.
We want the money for ourselves at home
Instead of working. And this is all right.

It’s hard to say who wanted it to happen,
But now it’s been decided nobody minds.
The places are a long way off, not here,
Which is all right, and from what we hear
The soldiers there only made trouble happen.
Next year we shall be easier in our minds.

Next year we shall be living in a country
That brought its soldiers home for lack of money.
The statues will be standing in the same
Tree-muffled squares, and look nearly the same.
Our children will not know it’s a different country.
All we can hope to leave them now is money.
 
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The way the US Military and justice system work, this guy will get away with blaming the dog.

http://www.wkrc.com/news/national/story.aspx?content_id=8EC91CD7-C672-452B-88A8-6B091757B08C
 
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