The good and bad about Iraq
Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 2, 2006 at 10:51 p.m.
There are six good and bad things about the war in Iraq. Bad: That even one good American must die when the nation goes to war.
Good: That casualties are going to be only a very tiny fraction of those in World War I, World War II, the Civil War, Vietnam or Korea. Bad: That Bush allowed himself to be presented as cocky and imprudent when he landed and strutted triumphantly on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln. He landed under a banner stating "Mission Accomplished." The occasion was a shipboard celebration commending the return of the carrier and its crew and the banner referred only to their successful mission.
Good: That President Bush has the determination to stay the course against the nay-sayers. Bad: That the great Democratic Party should be corralled by quitters. Good: That the anti-war crowd raised enough of a cry to stimulate re-examination of objectives and strategy. Bad: That Sunnis and Shiias don't get along. Good: That even Sunnis (other than Baathists and Saddam loyalists) must come to realize that temporarily, during the formation of a new independent and united Iraq, that their only hope as a minority is the protection afforded by coalition forces. Bad: That foreign insurgents have killed tens of thousands of Iraqis.
Good: That it has caused a strong new growing Iraqi army now numbering 300,000 to hate foreign insurgents. Bad: That Sunnis staged strong post-war resistance because they lost the power they held in Saddam's regime. Good: That the new Iraqi constitution provides in Article 110 that the oil rich Shiia sections of the country will share pro-rata those funds with all other sections of Iraq. The talk is that each Iraqi citizen will receive an annual stipend from oil similar to that enjoyed by Alaskans.
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