Why are We There?

1. Weapons of Mass Destruction
2. Regime Change
3. Violating UN Resolutions
4. Iraq's Links to Al Qaeda.
4. Iraq was an imminent threat.
5. Freedom and Democracy
6. He tried to kill my Daddy!

Thanks to Shakespeare's Sister for pointing out this article in the New York Times:

Bush administration officials now admit that Iraqi governmentÂ’s original plan to rein in the violence in Baghdad, announced in June, has failed. The Pentagon has decided to rush more American troops into the capital, and the new military operation to restore security there is expected to begin in earnest next month.

Yet some outside experts who have recently visited the White House said Bush administration officials were beginning to plan for the possibility that IraqÂ’s democratically elected government might not survive.

“Senior administration officials have acknowledged to me that they are considering alternatives other than democracy,” said one military affairs expert who received an Iraq briefing at the White House last month and agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity.

“Everybody in the administration is being quite circumspect,” the expert said, “but you can sense their own concern that this is drifting away from democracy.”
I wonder how the troops on the ground feel about that?

These were the last four paragraphs in an article about the growing number of road side bombs (and the death and injuries they cause) used against our troops in Iraq. If the Republicans keep telling us that we must 'stay the course' in Iraq, the least they could do is be straight up with us about where the course is leading.

Photo: PBS

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