Thursday, July 29, 2004

Chalabi and Al Sadr

How badly has Bush screwed up foreign policy? So badly, it's hard to imagine it being any worse.

As evidence of how totally mismanaged this whole affair has been, look at Ahmed Chalabi, the fellow who was Bush's ally, chief source of information, and the fellow we had originally tapped to rule postwar Iraq. What's he doing now?

Forming an alliance with al Sadr - the leader of the insurgency that's shooting at us.

"At the same time, [Chalabi]is reaching out to Iraq's most prominent anti-American Shiite cleric, Muqtada Sadr, whose followers come mainly from Baghdad's urban underclass and the impoverished south of the country. Political analysts here believe that the new approach will eventually win support from a significant segment of Sadr's followers if Chalabi chooses to run for office — and, as expected, Sadr chooses to wield his power from the pulpit instead.

That would give Chalabi and his new organization, the Shiite Political Council, mass support that could yield considerable clout in the majority Shiite community."

Remember all that crap about how the Iraqis were going to be throwing flowers? Chalabi is where it came from. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld believed everything he said without question, despite his criminal history.

Now, he's buddies with the enemy.

Has Bush made ANY correct decisions?

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