No real time for a proper obsession, being busy with various things, but here is a quick roundup of items on Iraq that I’ve been accumulating for the last week or so, and meant to pass your way:
- Bradley Graham has an interesting article in the Washington Post: Prewar memo warned of gaps in Iraq plans. Those darned State Department eggheads. Luxuriating in the freedom to think and question and gather actual evidence independent of the White House political operation (damn you, Colin Powelll, and good riddance), State Department analysts were warning (with remarkable prescience) exactly what was going to go wrong in Iraq — a month before the invasion.
- Even good, solid, echo-chamber conservatives with funny credentials like Andy McCarthy of NRO are having second thoughts about spending all this blood and treasure just to establish an Islamic republic that will be a defacto client state of Iran: Losing the war on terror: The voice of despair echoes again. (Further commentary on McCarthy’s commentary from Digby at Getting off the bus.)
- More on where Bush is headed in Iraq from this Reuters piece: U.S. conceding to Iraqi Islamists, negotiators say, with commentary by Billmon: Slouching towards the Islamic republic.
- Continuing with the reality-based community, some discussion of what possible exit options remain, from Kevin Drum (Can we win in Iraq? and The best hope for Iraq) and Juan Cole (Ten things Congress should demand from Bush on Iraq).
- Susan Nossel of Democracy Arsenal has a Top 10 list: Consequences of Iraq becoming a failed state.
Finally, let’s end with a few visual notes. First, from Salon, a collection of disturbing images of the sort that, for whatever reason, seldom make it into the mainstream media in the US: Iraq: The unseen war (one-day pass required).
And from the latest issue of The Onion, this informative infographic:
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