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The war is not over is a phrase you'll just have to get used to. Because it isn't closer to over.
Our allies are not going to join us in Iraq in large numbers. What parliament is going to vote to send thousands of troops to join an occupation which is bitterly opposed by most of their population. Who is going to suggest that they send their troops to patrol Falluja?
How the US could have planned to wage this war without allies support is beyond me. Rummy and his chickenhawk planners had their fun planning the war but they forgot to plan the peace. Now, you have a population both humiliated and angered at an occupation which they feel is leading to them turning into the next Palestinians.
At the same time, US leaders expect other countries, who were not consulted, to jump in and join our war. Where are the Spanish and Italian troops? Staying home. Why? Because their governments would fall if they suggested sending troops to Iraq. There is absolutely no support for that.
The UN interventions have relied on large numbers of Pakistani and Bangladeshi troops to provide bulk. Are we to expect they're going to occupy a muslim country for our benefit?
Challenge: keep the GOP small enough that it can be ruled by radio hosts, but big enough so that it doesnt finish 3d after the Greens. — @davidfrum
On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin & Joan McCarter have much worth saying on Cantor's defeat. An extraordinary achievement in gun trolling. The guy who beat Cantor's an economist, but has no position on the minimum wage question, or anything else. Is this the end of any "productive" work in the 113th Congress? Student loan relief is filibustered in the Senate. David Dayen reveals who's funding the most persistent critic of Sen. Warren's student loan plan. TSA has found 892 guns being carried by passengers in airports around the country so far this year, a 19% increase over 2013's record-breaking rate. Gawker asks who's disrupting whom over at Airbnb.