Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Friday, December 24, 2004
Donald Rumsfeld has become the latest VIP to tour Iraq. He did something that I believe every senior Anglo/American official touring Iraq has done for the past year: he entered the country with no prior notice and was gone before his visit could be widely known.
The visit will probably help with Rumsfeld's political troubles, but are these hit and run visits supposed to convince us that the project is going well? This layer of surprise seems very much like an admission that even one target, traveling under heavy guard and completely inaccessible to average Iraqis, can't be protected without the further device of secrecy.
In only five weeks, we are preparing to hold national elections. Holding such elections successfully means protecting thousands of targets, throughout the country and simultaneously, which have been widely publicized in advance and are fully accessible to ordinary Iraqis. Is there even a slight rational basis for believing this can be accomplished?