One of today’s dangerous Republican Party misconceptions is that peace-keeping a divided population which wants a mediator to help them keep the peace among themselves is not vastly different from pacifying or occupying a HOSTILE one!

One of my daughters happened to be briefly doing medical training in the military during the Clinton watch and was proud of the prospect of helping a Bosnia or a Kosovo keep the peace between conflicted groups.

But occupying and pacifying a country is an entirely different ball game.  The Nazis made that mistake when they assumed that their fellow “Aryans” (Brits, Nordics, etc.) would welcome their interventions in their nations to bring true Aryan values to fruition.  Apparently the Bush administration assumed that the Iraqis and (Afghans) would welcome American troops as their liberators.  Remember when the costs of the invasion of Iraq were going to be paid by the increased oil production with the assistance of grateful Iraqis liberated from Saddam Hussein?

Needless to say both the Nazis and the neocons who seemed to have been running Bush were madly mistaken in their analyses.  We are now seeing the deep resentment of Iraqis and Afghans who want us OUT OF THERE!  The so-called governments in each are scared stiff that they will face the fate of Norway’s Quisling (which word became a synonym for TRAITOR!)

No one in his right mind in either of those governments is going to play along with us — without a quick flight out with a pile of bank notes readily available.   Karsai is complaining about the numbers of innocent Afghans we are killing and the so-called government in Iraq is playing hard ball with Bush & Co. while openly negotiating with the Iranians.

Only a Decider-in-Chief who does not read anything and only listens to his sycophants could be living in the la la land that he presented to us yesterday.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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