Milosevic, Pinochet, now Saddam--2006 was a bad year for Reagan's puppet dictators. Saddam, though, was hanged because Bush thought it was really important to give the Sunnis in a Iraq a big fk-you; the others got to die of old age.
Baghdad Girl is all over the situation in Iraq, including the victory that Bush is so proud of:
The Americans have done a fine job of working to break it apart. This last year has nearly everyone convinced that that was the plan right from the start. There were too many blunders for them to actually have been, simply, blunders. The 'mistakes' were too catastrophic. The people the Bush administration chose to support and promote were openly and publicly terrible- from the conman and embezzler Chalabi, to the terrorist Jaffari, to the militia man Maliki. The decisions, like disbanding the Iraqi army, abolishing the original constitution, and allowing militias to take over Iraqi security were too damaging to be anything but intentional.While the war's supporters argue over whether it has spawned a "civil war" or "sectarian violence," she's unraveled the spin:
The Americans want to withdraw from Iraq, but would like to leave behind a full-fledged civil war because it wouldn't look good if they withdraw and things actually begin to improve, would it?And that is the essence of Bush's foreign policy--he'll make any alternative to his infantile desires look like hell. And if you have a problem with that, the US Army will make it so.