Devastating attack in Iraq, 'absurd'

Referring to yesterday's devastating attacks in Iraq, in which at least 150 perished, Juan Cole doesn't see the silver lining touted by Iraqi officials:


"If you don't control your capital, you control nothing. If the events of Black Wednesday were not so very tragic (those poor Shiite laborers! and their families), the situation would be absurd in a surrealist sense. The US military off in a small desert town with nothing to do but play fight club amongst themselves, while hundreds of innocent Iraqi Shiites in Kadhimiyah are massacred at will."
But he saves the bulk of his venom (uncharacteristic of the typically genteel Cole) for the Project for a New American Century bobbleheads:
"And the guerrillas' ability at this late date to mount such a shatteringly effective operation in the capital itself is why the pitiful and arrogant Project for a New American Century fantasy of just crushing the Sunni Arabs of Iraq is a K Street wet dream generated by intellectual adolescents, not a realistic policy. (And of course the same thing could be said of virtually everything the PNAC has ever said)."
(Informed Comment)

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