March 20, 2010
Let The Healing Begin

Condoleezza Rice is expressing regret over how things went so terribly wrong in Iraq. I thought this was going to be another example of a US official seeking absolution for their role in some disaster long after the fact, when their careers can no longer be jeopardized and they still have a chance at coming off as a swell, thoughtful person in the all of the history books. Think of the late Robert McNamara, or Colin Powell and Scott McClellan. But it’s not so. It’s just a lame variation of what will become the orthodox narrative of the Iraq War. The invasion was the proper thing to do and our intentions were pure, we just made a few tactical boo-boos. We’ll get it right next time.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday she would “many times over liberate” Iraq again, but she regretted the Bush administration failed to work closer with Iraqis to rebuild the war-torn country.

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“I would many times over liberate Iraq again from Saddam Hussein,” Rice said. “I think he was a danger to the Middle East.”

However, she suggested the U.S. government failed to understand “how broken Iraq was as a society” and should have focused its rebuilding efforts outside of Baghdad, the capital.

“We tried to rebuild Iraq from Baghdad out, and we really should have rebuilt Iraq from outside Baghdad in,” she said.

“We should have worked with the tribes, worked in the provinces,” she said, adding that smaller projects should have been favored over big ones.

How big of you to admit to a few mistakes, Dr. Rice. No doubt all the Iraqis who were killed in this war would understand and forgive you. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind that their lives were snuffed out for all of eternity as a result of the Bush administration’s klutzy, trial-and-error approach towards occupying them. After all, those dead Iraqis probably made a lot of rookie mistakes in their lifetimes as well, however brief those lifetimes may have been.

By the way, do you still buy your shoes at Ferragamo on 5th Avenue? There should be a big end of the season sale coming up soon, so get ready, girl! Nothing like a little shopping to soothe a troubled mind.



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Posted by OHollern at March 20, 2010 03:44 PM
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Operation Iraqi Freedom, it turns out, was never a war against Saddam ­Hussein's Iraq. It was an invasion of the federal budget, and no occupying force in history has ever been this efficient. George W. Bush's war in the Mesopotamian desert was an experiment of sorts, a crude first take at his vision of a fully privatized American government. - Matt Taibbi

Condie has nothing to apologize for - the mission was accomplished. What they did in Iraq is what they set out to do. That's the appalling thing - not that it was a failure, but that it was a success.

Condie has nothing to apologize for. But she has a hell of a lot to answer for. Not that she will ever be called on to do so.

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on March 21, 2010 10:19 AM

Someone just put up a comment about tearing up a library book. It seems to have disappeared. Would you mind reposting?

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on March 21, 2010 4:07 PM

Somewhere in Iraq there used to be a number of great pianists but they've been lost forever to somebody's nasty little war.

And in America a half assed piano player, with no conscience, who worked for the government for a while and daily honored Corazon Aquino with her thoughts about the worlds greatest shoe collection appears to have amassed her own collection. Maybe she's surpassed Corazon in that pursuit, I don't know, but I don't have any desire to find out.

Can't say my thoughts tore up a library book as I only saw the movie, but the memories of the 2002 film about a great pianist, at least the ones I had before she came along, are left in tatters.

Can't say I'll ever think good thoughts about the difference between pianists and piano players or that movie ever again. Somebody's pedal foot got stuck to the piano petal chasing a nasty little war in which slightly less than a million died. Sort of like a felon trying to elude the police chase and won't let go the foot go on the petal, and for me, all the notes from that movie have all gone sour. Those Republicans who you wrote about the other day who said everybody thought Iraq was a mistake apparently never met the old White House Piano Player.

Posted by: Buck on March 21, 2010 7:47 PM
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