Sunday, May 07, 2006

ABC News Reports...

4000 civilian deaths in Iraq since January. That is the highest total since the end of "major combat operations."

The decision by the US government to limit the number of troops in Iraq so dramatically was not just a tactical blunder. It was immoral. The failure to plan properly has resulted in tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths. That is a moral failure. When the US took on the authority of regime change and democratization, it took on the responsibility of the care for the Iraqi population. It has failed to meet its obligations due to rosey scenario thinking and a rigid application of the Rumsfeld Doctrine (small and fast forces, not mass forces) rather than an accurate reading of and adaptation to the situation on the ground in Iraq.

As Thomas Jefferson once said (referencing slavery), "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just..."

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