Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Trenchtown Rocks!

Like Jim Henley, I came across the story of the new security plan for Baghdad at Needlenose, and I was as unimpressed by the prospects for success as Swopa. Take a gander at the plan in all its victory-assuring splendor:

Iraqi security forces will dig trenches around Baghdad and set up checkpoints along all roads leading into the city to reduce some of the violence plaguing the capital, the Interior Ministry said Friday.

. . . "Trenches will be dug around Baghdad in the coming weeks when the third part of the Baghdad security plan is implemented," [Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Abdul-Kareem] Khalaf said.

Khalaf said that except for the trenches, vehicle and pedestrian traffic would be restricted to just 28 entry points with manned checkpoints....

"They will surround Baghdad," he said of the trenches.

Yeah, that should just about do it. As an added bonus, I don't expect that such measures will further alienate Baghdad's residents or lead any to blame the American occupation for their continued hardships. Ripped from the pages of How to Make Friends and Influence People.

But Henley said it best with this snark-infused analysis:

And there’s your Iraq the Model....So contemplate, again, the stupendous disconnect between the Grand Dream and the reality. Khalaf is boasting of a plan to turn an Arab capital into a giant fieldworks. That will really stir demands for change in the hearts of the Arab world. Let’s be like that, they’re supposed to say; and then, no more terrorism! The people who came up with that one want to do even more of the same thing elsewhere. Any discourse that doesn’t recognize the sheer insanity of that is a mad discourse.

It is truly amazing the course of action that Iraq's architects are charting for the future. And just think, some people actually still listen to Michael Ledeen, William Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, John Podhoretz, Stanley Kurtz, Michael Rubin, et al. Worse still, some of those people actually work out of the White House.

Mad discourse indeed.

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