[a guest-posting from Engineer of Knowledge]
The events of Monday, March 25, 2008 and the uprising of the Shia citizens in Baghdad and Basra, Iraq; has me writing and reiterating what I have already stated.
In my last posting, Bush Speech Hails Iraq,” I made a statement that the real power in Iraq was the religious cleric, “Muqtada al-Sadr.” I was commenting on Bush’s recent speech on the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and his comments of how the recent surge of US troops has brought a major strategic victory on the broader war on terror. I went on to say that the only reason that the surge appears to be working is because Muqtada al-Sadr has called a temporary cease fire from his followers and troops. The true decision of what happens in Iraq is his and not Bush’s.
The followers of Muqtada al-Sadr took to the streets and opened fire and bombed Sunni Iraqi citizens. This is just a sample of more things to come. The Iraqi government has sent in the U.S. trained Iraqi troops to try and return discipline to these areas but Muqtada al-Sadr has 2/3rds of the population following his Sunni religion. In the long run he will take over by democratic votes or from just plain force. We will see in due time.
Why is it that someone like myself and others who predicted this power struggle with just the information we have now, and the Bush administration with much better resources of intelligence did not see this coming? As I have stated previously, before the invasion of Iraq, this administration implemented John Nash’s “Game Theory” and knew the results that no matter how you applied the variables, when it is all said and done, Iran would ended up with the political influence in Iraq through the Shia religious population.
Last week Bush had just finished his “Speech Of Self Delusion” saying how well the surge was working. The ink was barely dry on the paper when Muqtada al-Sadr decided to flex his influential muscle to show the world who was really in control of Iraq. Was this administration so clueless of what is really going on in Iraq because of the self inflicted implosion of the intelligence gathering abilities in Iraq? They exposed the undercover CIA agent, Valerie Plame, as retribution to her husband’s publicly telling the truth exposing the lie of Saddam Hussein trying to buy uranium from Africa. Was that not her job in the CIA working undercover setting up and gathering internal intelligence in Iraq? By exposing her, this administration not only exposed Valerie but everyone else in the intelligence community of Iraq destroying the whole intelligence system. Sadly, the only person to suffer any consequences in this administration was Scooter Libby. The stooge of Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby, has now been disbarred from practicing law for his part in the treason to this country and then lying to a grand jury about his part in it.
In summation, many of good men and women in the armed services are doing the best job they can but are being undermined by the criminal corruption of the current administration. Yes, I am one Republican that is not afraid to admit that it is the Bush and Cheney administration’s corruption, lies, and greed, that has caused the current failures in foreign policy and the domestic economy. The citizens of the U.S. will have to live with the consequences for the next decade plus to repair their failures. Tighten your belts my friends, we are in for some hard times for years to come.