Friday, October 20, 2006

'The Long Screwdriver'

The management of Operation Iraqi Freedom

'The long screwdiver' was how Paul Bremer described the control of operations in Iraq from the Pentagon, in a critical year over 2003/04.

You can see the startling errors of the occupation in this excellent Frontline video: The Lost Year In Iraq.
(You can judge the level of Bremer's success by his difficulty in finding a way to leave Iraq without getting killed.)

'Sovereignty Lite' in Iraq

"Iraq is sitting on a mother lode of some of the lightest, sweetest, most profitable crude oil on earth, and the rules that will determine who will control it and on what terms are about to be set."
See: Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil.

You can lead a horse to the water, but you can't make it drink

With training, uniforms and humiliation you can make a new Iraqi army, but you can't make the soldiers think like American soldiers.
See this short video from the Guardian: Iraq: The Real Story.


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