Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Pacific News Service > News > U.S. Failures in Iraq Start at the Grassroots

Pacific News Service > News > U.S. Failures in Iraq Start at the Grassroots: "U.S. Failures in Iraq Start at the Grassroots
Commentary, William O. Beeman,
Pacific News Service, Apr 07, 2004
Editor's Note: Fighting in Iraq has widened and intensified dramatically. The U.S., the writer says, has failed at grass-roots politics in Iraq, pursuing policies that guarantee that a social contract with Iraqis -- necessary for successful reconstruction -- cannot be established.

Suddenly Iraq has exploded in our face, and the White House has no plan to contain the violence. The Bush administration can drone on about Al Qaeda, the world terrorist threat and the holy mission of democratizing Iraq, but the plain truth is that America has failed in Iraq because our officials have failed at grass-roots politics.

The United States has established no social contract with the Iraqi people and thus it has no authority to lead. It is thus no surprise that our troops are fair game on all fronts."

No comments: