22 June 2006
Withdrawal option for Iraq
A former American Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, has claimed that the Iraqi "government" may soon ask the Anglo-Americans to leave. At first glance this seems unlikely since the stooges would quickly find themselves facing the popular wrath, so what could be going on?
It may be that Armitage is just tossing ideas around, but a more likely explanation is that he is flying a kite for a face-saving end to the war. Basically, the stooges would be told to ask for an end to the occupation. They might be offered guarantees that air power will be used to keep them in power, with the option of a safe home in the USA if that doesn't work. We could think of this as the South Vietnam option: let the leaders fly out to safety and leave the rest to their fates.
If that is the plan then one wonders when it will be implemented. The Americans have their Congressional elections in November and Iraq is dragging the Chimps' men down to defeat. Could it be put into practise quickly? Could the Americans be planning to cut and run before November of this year?