Friday, May 07, 2004

At least somebody is starting to talk sense in the Bush administration. Of course, since they are talking sense, they must remain anonymous.
Iraq's deepening crisis has left the Bush administration with few options, and although the US has entrusted the United Nations with the task of finding a way towards political stability and elections, officials and analysts close to the White House admit that hopes of success are receding fast. . . .

How it will end few care to predict. But there is increasing talk -- some close to the administration call it "plan B" although it does not exist as such -- of engineering Iraq's division into three loosely-linked mini-states, perhaps a confederation.
Of course, this is anathema to the neocons for it soundly rejects their crusade to remake the entire Middle East. "Cut and run," the cardinal sin to these renegade Wilsonians, has become defined as anything short of a future "democratic" Iraq modeled on the United States, because admitting anything different (or in the minds of neocons, anything less) would expose their core belief in Fukuyama's 'End of History' thesis to be false. That is something the Weekly Standard simply cannot bear -- and our children will have to be sacrificed to Molech if that's what it takes to "stay the course".


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