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  •  Been there, tried that (0+ / 0-)

    If you get a clear understanding, a consensus, a plan, and broad support in the USA, you gotta win the next Nobel Peace Prize because you'd be a miracle worker.  

    1.  You'll hear a lot of the things you want to hear, but only a very few will be true.  Iraqis are big on saying what they want from you, not so great about taking responsibility for any of it.
    1.  Consensus between the diverse Iraqi interests that is compliant with American "best interest" is asking way too much.  Even if the Iraqis you meet could agree a consensus in a meeting room in Jordan, that consensus would probably have little bearing to what is happening on the ground in Iraq.  American "best interest" should no longer be a factor given how badly we've fucked up their country.  We owe them respect for their interests over ours now, although with a reservation to cut our losses and get the hell out.
    1.  Presenting an independent plan without any leverage - no matter how well intended - strikes me as weak.  Expecting folks to sign on before the election seems unrealistic.
    1.  Forget the American people.  They aren't smart enough to evaluate any plan, otherwise they wouldn't have put the assholes in office that we have now and let them get away with incompetence on such a scale.

    Listen.  Learn.  Be sympathetic.  Then come back and do what you have to do to win your seat, without any grand plan for Iraq beyond limiting the scope for further catastrophe.

    "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

    by LondonYank on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 01:55:44 PM PDT

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