[Marxism] Defeat with honor
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Wed Dec 20 07:33:01 MST 2006
ISG: Defeat With Honor
by CHRISTIAN PARENTI
[posted online on December 18, 2006]
Having read the national bestselling paperback The Iraq Study Group Report,
I am not so convinced by much of what I am reading about it from writers on
the left. Many progressives have interpreted the document's real message as
a call for "Stay the Course Lite" or as a not-so-cloaked argument for
privatizing Iraq's massive petroleum reserves. (Of course the centrality of
oil in all of this should never be in doubt, but the situation in Iraq has
spun out of control in ways that go far beyond privatization schemes. And
of course the ISGR is predicated on salvaging US imperial power,
redeploying it and rebuilding. Pointing out such things is like
"discovering" that the sun again came up in the east.)
Nor are the pundits of the gray center getting it: They seem bogged down in
the report's seventy-nine suggestions. Shift US troops to advisory roles?
Will Iran come to the table in good faith?
In a strange inverted fashion, I am most compelled by the readings that
have emerged from the far right. They understand the document for what it
is: an abject admission of total failure. Rush Limbaugh summed it up best
when he mocked the document as "The Iraq Surrender Group Report."
Limbaugh is totally correct. That's what it is: a plan for defeat with
honor. To put the report in very simple terms, its message is: The United
States got its ass kicked, time to go. Or, if you prefer a direct quote:
"The ability of the United States to shape outcomes is diminishing. Time is
running out." And later they ponder how to "avert catastrophe."
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