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Is it all worth it?
Iraq's interim government is proving to be just as brutal as Saddam's was. But once upon a time, Saddam was our brute, and then he decided not to be. So now we have a new set set of brutes. And despite administration assurances that the interim government will be respectful of human rights in the future, Iraq yesterday reversed its two-week-old decision to be a part of the International Criminal Court. Freedom on the march? I don't think so.
Talks aimed at forming a government faltered yesterday on Kurdish demands for constitutional protections in the all-but-certainly-coming Islamic Republic of Iraq. Many Kurds want--at the very least--autonomy or complete separation. A break-up of Iraq could occur, as could civil war--or both.
John Abazaid says that we've (more or less) "broken the back" of the insurgency, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is all but finished. Yet, there are indications that the US has given up on the idea of military victory over the insurgents, opting instead for a negotiated settlement. Meanwhile, Al Qa'ida has gone online in Iraq, bragging about all the destructive, murderous acts they are getting away with. That sounds like we've got them on the run, doesn't it?
Oh, and this just in: there's a state of emergency in Iraq...
Great job, PNAC. Great job, Mr. President.