August 19, 2005

"It's Over."

James Wolcott notices a paper written by "Immanuel Wallerstein, Senior Research Scholar at Yale, former President of the International Sociological Association, and the author of, among other works, the three-volume magnum opus The Modern World-System."

Wallerstein's contentions are damn hard to argue against.

"It's over. For the U.S. to win the Iraq war requires three things: defeating the Iraqi resistance; establishing a stable government in Iraq that is friendly to the U.S.; maintaining the support of the American people while the first two are being done. None of these three seem any longer possible. First, the U.S. military itself no longer believes it can defeat the resistance. Secondly, the likelihood that the Iraqi politicians can agree on a constitution is almost nil, and therefore the likelihood of a minimally stable central government is almost nil. Thirdly, the U.S. public is turning against the war because it sees no "light at the end of the tunnel."

"As a result, the Bush regime is in an impossible position. It would like to withdraw in a dignified manner, asserting some semblance of victory. But, if it tries to do this, it will face ferocious anger and deception on the part of the war party at home. And if it does not, it will face ferocious anger on the part of the withdrawal party. It will end up satisfying neither, lose face precipitously, and be remembered in ignominy."

"But, for the Bush regime, the worst picture of all is on the home front. Approval rating of Bush for the conduct of the Iraqi war has gone down to 36 percent. The figures have been going steadily down for some time and should continue to do so. For poor George Bush is now faced with the vigil of Cindy Sheehan. She is a 48-year-old mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq a year ago. Incensed by Bush's statement that the U.S. soldiers died in a "noble cause," she decided to go to Crawford, Texas, and ask to see the president so that he could explain to her for what "noble cause" her son died.

"Of course, George W. Bush hasn't had the courage to see her. He sent out emissaries. She said this wasn't enough, that she wanted to see Bush personally. She has now said that she will maintain a vigil outside Bush's home until either he sees her or she is arrested...

"Bush won't see her because he knows there is nothing that he can say to her. Seeing her is a losing proposition. But so is not seeing her. The pressure to withdraw from Iraq is now becoming mainstream. It is not because the U.S. public shares the view that the U.S. is an imperialist power in Iraq. It is because there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel... They want out. Bush is caught in an insoluble dilemma. The war is lost."
The implication from this is that every life lost from here on in, and those lost in the mis-guided effort so far, was wasted. If George W. Bush wasn't the leader of the United States, he'd be up on war crimes.

And there has been much talk lately regarding Iran, the point being that Iran is really the only beneficiary of Bush's grand adventure. They were mortal enemies of Sadaam, and are or will soon be, a nuclear power. All Bush and his delusional neo-con egotists have accomplished is destablizing Iraq enough for Iran to exert it's will on the country. In other words, things were better with Sadaam in power, at least from a geopolitical standpoint. With Iraq unravelling, it's more likely that what eventually emerges in Iraq is more in Iran's image than Americas.

The true scope of Bush's ill-considered and reckless quest for empire will likely not be fully comprehended for years to come, and will likely be worse than even his current critics could imagine. And the collossal cost in bloodshed, death, heartbreak, economic hardship, environmental degradation, and a thousand different ways will continue to be paid by the millions this administration's actions affect for generations to come.


At 8/19/2005 10:13 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

The following posts appeared yesterday at Capitol Fax. The posts appeared under the heading, State Fair Governor's Day pics. The responses capture my sentiments exactly and could easily apply to maybesomeday and the Dope as well!!

"Anonymous 12:01,

This blog is full of people like Diehard. People that have a chip on their shoulder, or are bitter because they didn't get something they wanted. At least airing your gripes is a healthy alternative to paying for a much needed shrik"

"Anonymous 12:12,

I am sure Margaret Blackshere doesn't have time to respond to your dilusional posts, just like Lisa Madigan couldn't return your wierd phone calls."

"Your credibility is toast here Diehard. It's all personal with you."

When one moves beyond the limited gene pool that is the inside dope, people are smarter and more aware of life. If I was you diehard, I would stay in the kiddy pool for a while!

At 8/19/2005 12:15 PM, Blogger diehard said...

I gave better than I got. In fact people seemed to agree with me more than you.
i'm not saying I'm a genuis but I sure wouldnt acuse you of being one either Headrusher!
Personal? grow up! All politics is personal. thats the first thing you need to know.
Stick around Headrusher you can learn many things from sage wisdom of Diehard!!

At 8/19/2005 1:25 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Diehard own words are even more damaging to his crediblity, or lack of it:

"Im thinking of voting for Topinka and whoever runs against Lisa Madigan."

"You bet ist's sour grapes!"

- Diehard
Captiol Fax

The Dope, Diehard and Maybesomeday are Republicans!

At 8/19/2005 1:36 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Yep Me and W used to party all night. Laura had good connections for pot and Rush Limbaugh has good connections for painkillers! Its really hard to get them to share though!

At 8/19/2005 3:01 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Look I would like to get back to the subject.
I hope that when the Democrats take back congress the impeachment process starts immediatly!!
To dishonestly send Americans into a turkey shoot is a high crime!
I seem to remember we tried to impeach a President for something that was very very insignifigant.Bush has the blood of thousands of Americans on his hands and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's that had nothing to do with the war.

At 8/19/2005 4:57 PM, Blogger Whetam Knauckweirst said...

I remember hearing some general or thinktank idiot quoted in the news just before the Iraq invasion, and he said the American people would tolerate any number of flag-draped coffins coming home. What they would not tolerate was losing.

Wow, diehard: In fact people seemed to agree with me more than you. You must be Karl Rove behind that mask. That's some slick reasoning process you've got running under the hood.

At 8/19/2005 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a clue what you just said?!!!

At 8/19/2005 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's ok - he doesn't know what he said either really....

At 8/19/2005 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Usher I must point out once again that this post is about a WOMAN -- and you are acting exactly like Mike Jacobs - ignoring the woman no matter how successful she is in her work or her campaign or position.

Cindy Sheehan is much more powerful that you Mike Jacobs - at least acknowlege that what she is doing is bring attention to an important subject the media was ignoring up to now. The media was simply regurgitating whatever slop Bush spoon fed them about the war - and it was working pretty good until the right WOMAN came around.

Mike Jacobs - you are never going to achieve what Cindy Sheehan, a housewife and mother has done because she is real and has credibility. Something you do not have and never will attain.

At 8/19/2005 10:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyday it's Senator Mike Jacobs this, or Senator Mike Jacobs that. All you guys want to talk about is Senator Mike Jacobs. Do you ihave penis envy or what?

At 8/20/2005 3:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, we all wish we were as big a dick as HeadUsher and his pals.

Good lord, when are you going to give it up? Soon I hope. Could we have the blog back?

At 8/20/2005 7:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well as long as Mike Jacobs continues to suck I doubt it. Maybe he can be beat next fall and the madness will end.

At 8/21/2005 10:58 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Givem Senator Jacobs incrediblly strong poll numbers, he'll run unopposed and be reelectd. As a reult, 7:58 I suggest you hitch up your trailer and head back to Alabama!

At 8/22/2005 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok now I think you are a bit harsh on Alabama Mike and Company. There are many fine people from there.

You show the prejudices and biased views of your champion Mike Jacobs by blindly attacking people like that. Shame on you and the Jacobs campaign!!!

That kind of slop looses a lot of votes in case you didn't know.


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