Now What?

Posted: 12/08/2006 by Floyd in Labels:

Well the Iraq panel has put forth some recommendations that it sees to go forward in Iraq, that it sees anyway as a way to make progress. So where does it leave us if we have no will to implement any such change in our policy and dealings with Iraq? Some of the recommendations by the panel is of course unreachable in a logical standpoint, but a lot seem to be in our grasp, but if we have no desire to change then change can not occur and Iraq will continue to deteriorate. The panel mentioned Afghanistan to a certain degree but I did not read where the major production of poppies where fueling the Taliban there, the drug trade (see also an article in this blog label-Afghanistan) from what I have read is the major influence of money flowing to the insurgency there. It seems that the panel might have done most of its work for naught if the ones in power can not initiate the changes and are obliterate to making change happen.

we can not hold to the thread of victory in Iraq if we can not react to any kind of change to achieve such a victory, every one in America who is following this in any way should know that the situation is in deterioration mode, not that we are in any governing role or influence but we as average American citizens know the process is not working. The panel urges our U.S Department of Justice to help in establishing courts, train judges, prosecutors and investigators and also create institutions and practices to fight corruption and this to be supported and funded, refurbish courthouses and build new, this is quite a task.
Another thing the panel recommends is that if progress is made in Iraq, we should provide military, political and economic support, but if progress is not made then we should reduce the above options. The report calls on the neighbors of Iraq to have input in the process and recommends the U.S open dialogue up with Syria and Iran along with others inside Iraq like the militias, (excluding; al Qaeda) and a lot of the recommendations to have taken place by 1st quarter of 2008,(subject to; security on the ground). In other words they can continue to play war until the term of the currant president ends, that is if our economy holds together with out going bust.
The report also includes the violence level and ties a figure of 43% increase from the summer into the month of October, apparently to quell this ongoing violence the Iraqi Army promised us 6 more battalions and we received only 2 of them so far. Recommendation-16 on page 40 suggest Israel return the Golan Heights, in some kind of peace for land deal? Another suggestion is that the militia's are gaining power in the region around Baghdad the Mahdi Army has approx. 60,000 fighters, reading the report also leads us to believe that our military is stretched very thin and would be inhibited if called or needed elsewhere on short notice.

They also bring up the point of violence in Iraq to be under reported, in other words it is worse than we think it is.

The production of oil in Iraq is at prewar levels, the infrastructure is damaged and security can not be initiated, the infrastructure is in shambles on a local level
Trash is waist high in the street and electricity is almost non-existent, but even after our assessment of the situation the news is 'stay the course' and it seems the only way to end this is to cut off funding for the war, but this recourse would most certainly hurt our troops so we tend to be in a most peculiar situation and it will be interesting of how we proceed from here, after the bipartisan panel has done its work the ball is in the other court now. Update; found an article from Media Matters, they caught the under reporting of the violence to.


  1. Dustin says:

    I'll preface what I say with the fact that I haven't had a chance to read the entire report yet. However, from what I understand, it's basically, "You broke it, you fix it" strategy. Until the people have power and water, the military can defend it's borders, the people have jobs, and the police can keep people safe, there's no hope of ever leaving and expecting a positive outcome. I can't believe that those basic needs weren't the basic premise on which a post-invasion force worked around.

  1. Dustin says:

    And if I might add to that...

    The kind of rhetoric that Bush is putting out, along with the current situation certainly makes one wonder(if you weren't already) if staying there for a long time wasn't the point.

  1. Floyd says:

    Upon reading the report in it's entirety I see it has clauses instilled in it to the affect; "subject to" security on the ground etc,etc.

    This was written by attorneys and it does have many recommendations in it some are reachable and some are not, in my previous article you can check out the PDF, some things you will find can indeed be accomplished and others are out of reach.

    But if we are immune to change then it has been nothing more than a meeting, that will never be implemented into reality. They suggest we open dialogue with the militia's in the area as well as the neighbors of Iraq.

    At the beginning pages it leaves one to believe that this is a lost cause, it will cost us a lot of money and more lives to fix this. You touched on a good point about it being broke, but fixing it that opens up a big can of worms.

  1. Dustin says:

    I've got it printed, thanks for the link, and I'll be reading up on it as I get the chance. I certainly don't know what the solution there is, but I'd venture a guess that no matter what it's not going to be pretty.

  1. Floyd says:

    Great Dustin, read it at your convenience and thanks for stopping by, the assessment they give is bleak to say the least, I do commend them for trying at least to find a different approach to this big mess.