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September 27th, 2004

From the Washington Post:

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said yesterday that the insurgency in Iraq is getting worse and that the U.S. occupation there has increased anti-American sentiment in Muslim countries, but he said successful elections in Afghanistan and Iraq would turn the situation around.

Usually the Bush administration officials just deny the obvious problems and claim that things are peachy. I guess Powell is at least reasonable enough to admit things are bad when they’re bad. But not reasonable enough to let go of the “they’re going to love us” pipe dream. Powell thinks that just because flimsy elections where only US-approved candidates are on the ballot will make insurgents close down shop and everything will be okay? This ranks right up there with Cheney’s “we’ll be greeted as liberators” flower-throwing-on-the-soldiers fantasy.

Just having elections won’t solve things there. Even the best effort with far more done (see Kerry’s plans) will be a doubtful thing. But just have an election or two, in the current state, where huge chunks of the countries will not even be able to vote because the insurgencies are so strong?

As one example of how disjointed from reality Powell is, he also said, “Just as we would have difficulty with partial elections here in the United States . . . I think it has to be throughout the country.”

What? “Just as we would have difficulty with partial elections here in the United States”? If we had “partial elections” here in the United States, it would be a disaster. Look what happened when we had just a few percent of the vote nullified in one state out of fifty–but to have 20 to 25% of the country not allowed to vote? We would no longer be a Democracy. Which, of course, is exactly where Iraq is now and will be for some time: the elections are a U.S.-sponsored sham.

When you hear the administration handing out yet more of this “just around the corner” baloney, that things will get better right after November, take it for what it is: fiction.

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