Friday, November 04, 2005

THE FABLED WAR

For quite a while I've had my suspicions about the so-called leadership and planning of the insurgency in Iraq, the insurgency that is killing scores of American miltary personel everyday as well as countless innocent Iraqis. The official line is that the endless stream of suicide and roadside bombers is more or less an al-Qaeda operation headed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Constant Pentagon and State Department references to his name and face just seem much too convenient as the planned progress for New Iraq ground to a halt--following the ill-timed Mission Accomplished declaration--and everyday conditions descended into bedlam.

This morning, Billmon over at Whiskey Bar has (as usual) a must read post based on a conversation he had with history professor and blogger Juan Cole of Informed Comment.
Cole's hunch, as put forth by Bill, is that Zarqawi is something of a red herring. Instead, the insurgency is mostly a Ba'athist revival, which means that the U.S. is essentially still fighting the war with Saddam Hussein's loyalists and infrastructure even though the Head Honcho is in the dock awaiting his unfree fate.

What this means is that the Pentagon's 'fly paper' strategy of drawing al-Qaeda terrorists to Iraq to fight them there instead of here in the U.S. is completely bogus, in addition to being utterly stupid on every level. Misled to believe they're fighting al-Qaeda, U.S. soldiers are actually at war with an underground network of Ba'athists, who are happily supplied with arms and equipment by neighboring countries Syria and Iran.

Go read Bill's analysis. It's a sobering assessment, and frankly a damning indictment of the Pentagon's complete ineptitude and campaign of disinformation.

As Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf, the people must be manipulated through lies and deception. And the bigger the lie, the more apt they are to believe it.