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With the Iraqi
Resistance now causing U.S. helicopters to plummet to earth, with
casualties now exceeding 400, the U.S. has announced both an exit
strategy and a proposed date for the exit.
What the White House calls the "Iraqification" of the
The date? Around
June of 2004; when it's hand-picked 'Council' will stage some sort
of electoral process.
As one who
remembers the 1960s, the term "Iraqification" stirred
up a host of memories of the Vietnam War. When U.S. forces suffered
heavy losses from Vietnamese nationalists, and after the dramatic
(and unexpected) Tet Offensive, the
White House called for a 'draw-down' of U.S. forces, and promoted
a process called the "Vietnamization" of the war.
What this meant
in theory was U.S. support and arming of the South Vietnamese Army,
who would fight (and die) against their North Vietnamese adversaries.
In fact, this meant political support for the Vietnam War was falling
so quickly that the Administration needed to adopt a stop-gap measure:
a "war" with few (or no!) U.S. casualties! It was the
nearest the White House came to proclaiming: "We're tired of
our guys dying for you Vietnamese; now, it's your turn."
say this publicly, of course.
In the latter
days of the (Richard) Nixon Regime, John Calkins, the head of a
U.S. congressional committee, toured Vietnam, and reported:
Vietnamese Army shows every sign of being an effective and spirited
security force...." [Zinn, H. *A People's History of the United
States*, p. 537].
they crumbled in the face of their northern opponents, and "Vietnamization"
was revealed as a smoke screen for U.S. defeat and imminent withdrawal.
What does "Iraqification"
mean now? That the costs of 'nation-building' is too high? That
"Democratization" means the erection of rump, unrepresentative
(yet, friendly to western businesses!) governments (like the so-called
We don't have
to be in Baghdad to know that, no matter what the so-called 'Council'
says, the vote of one man, the American 'Administrator' Paul Bremer,
overrules them all.
like "Vietnamization," is a political measure designed
to diminish the upsurges of opposition to the War back home. It
isn't about Iraqis (about whom the average American could care less);
it's about the American desire to stem the tide
of U.S. casualties in a "War", that was supposedly over
*months* ago. It's about falling polls, and upcoming elections.
it's about power ... and wealth.
that set all wars in motion.
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