Why no one will help us
For some reason, we like to abuse France. We think they should be eternally subservient like our German friends and do what we tell them. When they don't, we get all pissy about it.
But the reality was that France was right. They were right about the outcome of the war and the need to get the hell out of dodge. The French knew, since they actually dealt with Iraq, that it was a fragile house of cards and a distraction to the real war on terra. It wasn't some reflexsive anti-Americanism, but common sense. It's not about their oil deals either, although they wanted to protect them.
Look, French intelligence services have spied on the US and we routinely monitor their electronic communications. But then, we have CIA agents in the British government and the German government as well, as they do with us. Let's not assume some naive relationship here. One could bet Israel spends millions to spy on the US to protect their interests. Everyone spies on everyone. But when it comes down to it, the French have a need for a strong US and certainly does not want the bulk of US Army combat power tied up in irrelevant Iraq.
The radicals now running our government understand only two things: subjects and lackies. If you're not one. you're the other.
The US wants to hang about Iraq for years, writing a constitution and patronizing the Iraqis. Let's understand this: they will not tolerate it. The French know that one day, the Iraqis will kick the US out. They know the clock is running. And they are also revolted at the crony capitalism placed on the back of the Iraqis.
The US has repeatedly made it impossible to sell the war to other countries. How can the French President go to the National Assembly and say "let's support the Americans" when American commanders keep saying "our troops are too good for this". That pretty much says "we need cannon fodder". It makes support impossible. Then, toss on crony capitalism and you have the recipe for resentment and no help. South Korea isn't going to send a division because the riots would last for days. Muslim extremists have made it impossible for India or Pakistan to send troops.
In short, American politicians seem to think they are the only ones who have to run for election and that ain't the case. No other politician can expect to be reelected by sending troops to Iraq to defend Halliburton and Bechtel. I mean, Canadians won't touch this mission with a 10 foot pole. And if they won't and the Mexicans won't, why should any other country. Also, no one is going to forgive their debts either. No one will make this easier for us.
The Congress has to realize that we aren't going to get any help, or much money as long as Iraq serves as headquarters for a CPA which is totally isolated, crony capitalists who can't make anything work, and a US Army which kills indiscriminately. We can't "win" this war, as the pundits say. We don't even know what victory looks like. Bush assmued that Iraq was the first stop on his new crusade against the Mussulmen and well, it is turning out to be the last stop as well. It is time that Congress demand we start to leave Iraq and place the UN in charge.
posted by Steve @ 12:20:00 PM