5 comments to Who do you think is running the war?
all that crashing and twisting of metal, oil prices goin up and up, condos being flipped, selling winn o bay go short, rob dem mofo with margins and gap and equity management trades, and don’ get him started on the fundamentals and derivatives, war is hell, money is worse.
Flambeeee has bought futures in religious candles and just waiting for that chicken entrail to reveal if it will be condi or hilary as prez in 2012 to plan next war against nigeria, mon.
and I would have liked to vote for flambeee, but unfortunately, I have a more serious answer, which came to mind from Graham posting on Saddam’s new novel in his diary.
My answer is: Saddam.
And I got that from quietBill, who posted prodigiously on Saddam’s planning for the counter-insurgency after invasion back on the old BB.
I think prolly most everything is going according to Saddam’s plan.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him cut out completely by the Sunni nationalists, if they come to a seperate accord with the government. In broadening the insurgency as the Ba’ath were compelled to do, I suspect that they’ve diluted their strategic intent. There’s a whole pile of folks that are willing to fight to guarantee that the Sunnis get a good deal (and even more so to oppose the foreign invaders – anyone else struck by the fact that most of the combattants that we’ve seen are particularly young, dumb and macho? never underestimate the willingness of young men to die without thinking about it overly much), but I’m not sure that the number of people willing to fight and risk death for Saddam personally is that big, anymore.
IMHO, the single most effective thing that they could do to defang his memory would be to covertly televise the guy showing the disconnect between his perception of reality and what’s going on. And demonstrate the links between his insurgency plan and the terrible casualty toll that it’s caused among Iraqi civilians. He’s a bastard and everyone knows it – make him look impotent and foolish and give them guarantees of a favourable deal at the table and the secular nationalists that haven’t yet’ll flip on him like that.
really wondering if the war should be given to the generals.<where it belongs> Seems to be a disconnect again between the WH and boots on the ground.
…I enjoy gently razzing the Americans I meet by pointing out for maybe one 500th of the cost of their latest Joint Fighter bomber…
I could go back into the 3rd world, right now, and recruit a team to do a 9/11.
ie. Follow the chain…
For the merest tiniest fraction of the amount the yanks spend on developing a jet (which is still a vast amount by 3rd world standards)….
…you can recruit desperate people from the 3rd world…
…to trigger events that make the yanks…
…spend much much much more on their military.
Now ask yourself.
Who would profit?
In my spare time I’m starting a “Blow Jobs for American Presidents” fund.