The wonderful people who have been so successful in giving Iraqis freedom and democratizing Iraq, are asking for another $91 billion
to complete the job. Most likely they will get it too. "Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that despite a surge in sectarian violence in Iraq, the process of creating a stable government is proceeding satisfactorily
. "Satisfactorily" is a matter of opinion. One gathers that majority of Iraqis do not agree. Not only that--this is what our ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad
, said: "The US ambassador to Baghdad conceded yesterday that the Iraq invasion had opened a Pandora's box of sectarian conflicts which could lead to a regional war and the rise of religious extremists who "would make Taliban Afghanistan look like child's play".
"Zalmay Khalilzad broke with the Bush administration's generally upbeat orthodoxy to present a stark profile of a volatile situation in danger of sliding into chaos."
- An opinion poll published by the Washington Post and ABC News yesterday suggested that most Americans agreed with Mr Khalilzad - with 80% saying civil war in Iraq was likely, and more than a third that it was very likely. More than half thought the US should start withdrawing its troops, although only one in six wanted all troops to be withdrawn immediately.
Iran Next on the List to be Democratized?
Drum beat getting louder for attacking Iran