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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Benchmarks for whom?

Mr. Bush adamantly opposes any attempt by Congress to "run this war", but he apparantly does not have the same reservations about Congress attempting to "run" a foreign government. The Iraqi government is, after all, foreign, right? It's not merely a puppet, right? I have not yet heard any proposal for "benchmarks" for the Sudanese government. Interesting, that.

Nor have I properly understood exactly what these benchmarks mean. As the playground taunt goes, "and what are you gonna do about it, huh?", although I think we can rule out the use of "you and what army?" because we know what army - ours. What is the incentive for the Iraqis to do what Mr. Bush wishes them to do? Will we withdraw our military forces? If so, why would we put what Mr. Bush calls "defeat" into the hands of someone else? Will we send more military? If so, whom will we send? Will we simply pass a resolution that says "Bad Iraqis, bad! No biscuit!" and if so, what biscuit is it we intend to withhold?

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