June 09, 2004

Nothing is ever good enough
Posted by Jon Henke

Oliver Willis:

It amazes me that some people actually buy this Iraqi handover and "transition". After the handover, we still run Iraq from our embassy there. The new government has no real power. The UN resolution doesn't provide for any extra troops in the field.
Meanwhile, in reality, the Security Council Resolution--"Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations"--includes:

- "...a sovereign Interim Government of Iraq, as presented on 1 June 2004, which will assume full responsibility and authority by 30 June 2004 for governing Iraq..."
- "...by 30 June 2004, the occupation will end and the Coalition Provisional Authority will cease to exist, and that Iraq will reassert its full sovereignty."
- "...the right of the Iraqi people freely to determine their own political future and to exercise full authority and control over their financial and natural resources;"
- "... the presence of the multinational force in Iraq is at the request of the incoming Interim Government of Iraq..."
- "... the funds in the Development Fund for Iraq shall be disbursed solely at the direction of the Government of Iraq..."

But "no real power", says Oliver.

With the dissolution of the CPA and the relegation of the US to ensuring internal security until such a time as the Iraqi's either build up their own security forces, or simply tell us to leave.....I'm left wondering where Oliver thinks the power rests in Iraq.

Of course, as long as there is a bone to pick, it will be picked...

Not to mention:

06/09/2004: DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
06/08/2004: DoD Identifies Army Casualty
06/07/2004: DoD Identifies Army Casualty
06/07/2004: DoD Identifies Army Casualties
06/07/2004: DoD Identifies Army Casualties
06/07/2004: DoD Identifies Army Casualty

Yes, war is difficult and people get hurt. Brilliant, thank you.

In the meantime, "Zero Casualties" is not our strategy in Iraq, though, and it should not be despite the rhetorical ammunition it gives opponents of the war. Casualties are the price we pay to accomplish our goal. They are, to be blunt, irrelevant to the question of whether we are winning or losing.

They can only be relevant if they distract us from the goal, and persuade us that "casualties=failure". Oliver--and many war opponents--seem all to willing to refocus our attention on casualties, rather than our goals in Iraq.

Goals which, you will note, we are moving towards.


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