"..unless Americans buy into Bush's rhetoric for years to come, his experiment with democracy will fail..[..]..Realistically, American forces will remain in Iraq for the foreseeable future. Will there be American military bases in Iraq? Absolutely. Bush is not spending $300 billion to ensure that in 10 years' time the largest U.S. presence in Iraq will be that of the Baghdad embassy. Lip service is being paid to the idea of a sovereign Iraqi government dictating if and when the U.S. leaves. But should the Iraqis come to believe that, American officials are likely to yank them back into reality. As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pointed out during an interview on Sunday: "America responded out of national interest, not just the interest of the region"...Bush's democratic vision, more pragmatically defined."
"The foreign minister was careful in underlining that Turkey has no intention of intervening in Iraq but cautioned at the same time that should the Kurdish factions persist with their campaign of changing the demographic composition of Kirkuk, an ethnic confrontation could become unavoidable and could create strong sentiments among Turks that could force the government to resort to an action it would not have otherwise considered."
"..outgoing U.S. Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, considered to be an architect of the Iraq war, reassured Turkey Monday, making clear Washington still opposed Kurdish separatism."It is crucial that Iraq's territorial integrity [is] preserved," he told reporters, adding that it was for all Iraqis, not one ethnic group, to decide Kirkuk's fate. That was the message Ankara had expected to hear from Washington for so long. What's unfortunate is that those strong words, which could have eased Turkey's worries, have come from a lame-duck American undersecretary of defense who will return to Washington to pack up his office."
"Egyptians genuinely feel ideological outrage about the US invasion of Iraq. They see it as a neo-imperial exercise. The elections can't be used as an example because they are too tarnished by America's touch."
Mothers and Fathers of America:
The NeoCons want your children to fight and to lose their lives for more of their Utopian ideals. Their ideas, too impulsively put into dreadful practice by the Bush administration, have made the world a far less safe place.
Iraq will not be enough to sate these crusading monsters.
How far will you allow them to go before you speak out?
How many of you will have to stand over the graves of your children before you are awakened to the truth?
Read A Vote for Chaos by Christopher Preble of the CATO Institute. His current statement is fairly consistent with statements he made in 2003.
Trust in the sanity of the Bush foreign policy is fading among conservative Americans who are intelligently skeptical and concerned about the realities on the ground. The President's recent inaugural address did little to set aside growing concerns.
Once again, Christopher Preble of the CATO Institute:
"We are heroes in error," Ahmed Chalabi of the Iraqi National Congress declared in February 2004. "What was said before is not important." In other words, the lies he foisted on the American public did not matter to him, because he achieved his goal: the removal of Saddam Hussein from power.
We can now expect similar figures to step forward elsewhere. They will profess to know the deeply felt desires of nearly 70 million Iranians clamoring for U.S. assistance. The Reform Party of Syria regularly flogs the government of Bashar Assad as a suitable target.
In this environment it is nearly impossible to differentiate honest patriots from duplicitous charlatans. By declaring to "democratic reformers" that "America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country," Bush has placed U.S. foreign policy at the mercy of others who will do anything to draw America into their schemes for power."