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Friday, February 24, 2006

Be Careful About Drawing Lines in the Sand

So, early this week the Bushies told the Iraqis that "the United States would not be willing to support crucial public institutions plagued by sectarian agendas". Basically, they're saying to the Iraqis that we'd cut off the money if they didn't quit playing games and establish a government so we could go home.

And the next thing that happens is a big BOOM at the Shiite shrine in Samarra. Then, predictably, murderous responses from both sides. Now, Thursday evening NPR reported that Bush has ordered US officials to avoid the term 'civil war' (I'm still looking for that link folks). But apparently Civil War in Iraq is a good possibility, or maybe even probability.

So the timing seems suspicious, doesn't it? If the Sunnis or the terrorists wanted to bomb that shrine, they've had several years to do it, so why now, within two days of Bush threatening to cut funding if the sectarian fighting didn't stop? Is this Bush's way of getting out of Iraq - by instigating a civil war? He must have known that demand would result in increased sectarian terror events. Or is it a means of justifying keeping our troops there forever as an occupation force to 'protect the Iraqi people'? I'm betting it was his 'exit strategy'.

They don't know yet who actually did the bombing either - were they simply terrorists playing the obvious card handed out by Bush when he threatened to cut funding (sure it was the ambassador who said it, but he's not in a position to make that call, only his boss can, and that is Condi Rice and hers is Bush), or were they people who are actually working for Bush in some way (mercenaries perhaps)? Another 'Aw Shit' for the boy wonder. Does he even have one 'Attaboy' left?

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