Monday, November 26, 2007

'No End In Sight' ...

Instead of spending Sunday morning watching the talk shows, watching candidates and pundits spin their spin, I popped in No End In Sight, a rather infuriating documentary about the quagmire in Iraq.

Those who still support the war – there are about five of them, I believe, none of whom read this blog, I suspect – might suggest that all these talking heads are simply lying, but it's not hard to connect the dots between what they're saying and what we've seen unfold.

Paul Bremer was the genius who decided to fully disband the Iraqi army. Yup, that's a good idea, Paul: Strip tens of thousands of men who are trained in war and know where the weapons in Iraq are stored of their incomes and dignity.

I mean, seriously, what did he expect all those men to do? Sit at home in their underwear and watch Wheel of Fortune? Oh, that's right, they can't watch TV, because they don't have electricity. Many Iraqis, for that matter, no longer have homes.

One of the staggering facts I learned in watching this doc was that while we spent two years planning before we entered World War II, the run-up to Iraq lasted only 60 days.

And we all know how well that's turning out. We're in our fifth year of this war. Iraq lies in ruins. Billions upon billions have been wasted. The total for this war is projected to be well over $1 trillion when all is said and done, whenever that may be. Certainly the soldiers who have been wounded will live with this war for the rest of their lives.

It's a powerful film. Of course, it's preaching to the choir. I don't figure that those who are staunch supporters of this effort are watching this methodical chronology of all the mistakes that have been made. But I'm proud of all the people who spoke out in this film, who simply couldn't stay silent, who had to shed light on what's gone wrong and why.

The why, in a nutshell, is: there was no plan. Advisors were advising, but their advice was ignored.

Let me say, once again, that I fully support the troops. They're simply following orders, orders that, from the beginning, have been fatally flawed.


Blogger Mercurie said...

I think that points to the overall stupidity of this administration. Anyone with any lick of sense knows that you never go to war without a plan. If George W. had been president during WW II, I'm pretty sure we'd all be speaking German or Japanese now....

7:02 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

I honestly don't think any plan would have worked. We're dealing with three groups (Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds)who take great pride in how many centuries they've hated each other. Not likely any political candidates over there are ever gonna pick up much support from the other tribes.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Good point, J. Still, we could have gone over there prepared, like with enough troops to provide security (hey, since officials were warned that looting the national museum would be an issue, maybe we could have stationed a few soldiers there ...) and armor for the troops' vehicles. Rumsfeld's asinine comment about going to war with the military you have, not the military you wish you had was staggeringly stupid. Let's invade a sovereign nation with no plan beyond the first few months and let's not have enough troops or enough equipment or enough anything. Cute George Snuffleupagus had Rummy on his show before the war and said that estimates were coming in that the war would cost not $50 billion, as projected by the Pentagon, but $350 billion, and Rummy's answer was, "That's baloney."

$650 billion later ...

9:20 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Very true, Beth.

11:16 PM  

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