Sunday, January 02, 2005

Iraq Election poll favourites want US gone: "The Iraqi newspaper 'al-Adalah' published on Dec. 23 the platform of the United Iraqi Alliance, the mainly Shiite coalition sponsored by Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani.... I'm not sure most Americans realize that the biggest and most important party coalition in Iraq, which will almost certainly form the next government, has explicitly stated in its platform that it wants a specific timetable announced for withdrawal of US troops from the country.... I think we are looking at the policies of the new Iraq. They aren't what Mr. Bush and Mr. Rumsfeld and Mr. Wolfowitz imagined."

The US may have to accept defeat and withdraw from the country. But is this possible? It been said of Cheney that he cannot imagine giving up all that oil and the Pentagon cannot imagine giving up those bases. Such a withdrawal would represent a tremendous strategic defeat for the US.

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