A major news network’s use of the term “civil war” might cause present-day Middle America to view the war in Iraq not as the US helping a budding democracy fight off an evil insurgency or as a battle against terrorism (the WMD thing seems to be forgotten), but instead as the quagmire it really is. Middle America may never question the fabricated evidence that was used to justify this illegal war of aggression, but the withdrawal of their support for it will necessitate a change in policy by Bush & Co. The election results three weeks ago signified that public opinion has already shifted, and NBC’s use of “civil war” will likely increase the negative tide.
At press briefings in preparation for his planned two-day summit with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki and Jordan’s King Abdullah, Bush has been adamant that only victory will do in Iraq and that the US will not leave a moment before. Bush and his lackeys have been on the offensive that Iraq is not in a state of civil war and that it’s all al Qaeda’s fault that things are such a mess there (well, gee, guys, how did al Qaeda get into a secular country, anyway?).
Media outlets were repeating all of this, but then, OOPSIE! This little national security memo to Bush by national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley revealed that the US government does not have a heck of a lot of confidence in Prime Minister Maliki. The memo broke this morning in the New York Times (the text of the memo is available in the link). Seems like Maliki just might be abetting the civil war by trying to strengthen the Shiite position in Iraq. Although the memo says that while Maliki says the right things to the US, something isn’t adding up.
“…The reality on the streets of Baghdad suggests Maliki is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into action,” the memo reads in its most damning section.
Hmm… Something isn’t adding up with the Bush & Co. line on Iraq, either. The White House denies that the leaked memo caused this, but King Abdullah cancelled today’s scheduled meeting with Bush and Maliki “at the last minute,” according to this story on the New York Times’s web site.