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Bush admin's Cut and Run Plan leaked to the press


Exclusive: Iraq—Plans in Case of a Civil War

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Aug. 14, 2006 issue - The Bush administration insists Iraq is a long way from civil war, but the contingency planning has already begun inside the White House and the Pentagon. President Bush will move U.S. troops out of Iraq if the country descends into civil war, according to one senior Bush aide who declined to be named while talking about internal strategy. "If there's a full-blown civil war, the president isn't going to allow our forces to be caught in the crossfire," the aide said. "But institutionally, the government of Iraq isn't breaking down. It's still a unity government." Bush's position on a pullout of U.S. troops emerged in response to news-week's questions about Sen. John Warner, chairman of the Armed Services Committee. Warner warned last week that the president might require a new vote from Congress to allow troops to stay in Iraq in what he called "all-out civil war." But the senior Bush aide said the White House would need no prompting from Congress to get troops out "if the Iraqi government broke down completely along sectarian lines."

The White House prefers to focus on the more positive aspects of last week's testimony from Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, and Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The generals gave a bleak assessment of the sectarian violence, but added that civil war was only a possibility, not a probability. In fact, the U.S. military in Iraq has completed several elements of contingency planning in case of civil war, based on lessons learned from Bosnia and Kosovo. The military's approach revolves around three principles. The first is to stop massacres by physically separating communities, moving minorities out of harm's way if necessary. The second is to stop the flow of paramilitary gangs across the country. And the third is to halt any incitement to violence on Iraqi TV and radio. Baghdad would pose the biggest problem, requiring a strict curfew and a ban on road traffic. The security measures would include widespread checkpoints and a ban on carrying firearms or explosives.


The administration hasn't made its definition of full-blown civil war explicit. But in March, when Iraq's former prime minister Ayad Allawi said the country was already fighting a civil war, Bush disagreed, noting the existence of Iraq's nonsectarian Army and government. If the country did someday meet the definition of civil war and the U.S. pulled out, military officials warn, the consequences would be disastrous. "All the neighboring powers would be drawn in," said one senior military official who has examined the scenarios and is not authorized to speak on the record. "It would become a regional war."


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Your leaders:

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Feith was the guy in charge of Iraq after "Mission Accomplished". If you ever read the book "Fiasco", you will wonder why he wasn't hung for treason.

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"Tommy Franks called Feith the “fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth.”


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Maybe we'll get lucky and bear witness to another eight year Iran/Iraq war....
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Maybe we'll get lucky and bear witness to another eight year Iran/Iraq war....
"We"? of course that would be your wet dream come true. Any destabilization of that region is to the advantage of your handlers. You don't care if it costs lives or Amricans, Arabs and Europeans as long as Israel's objectives are taken care of. Let me put it this way, if that whole reagion was in peace Israel will implode because there will be no need for hand me downs that sustain it. If I was an Arab leader and wanted to make Israel go to its knees begging I would go for unlateral peace in that region. Israel would invade no question about it, it will find an excuse no matter what. That's how it started and that's how it will exist and make everyone pay.
The Iraq drama is not an accident. Lebanon's destruction is by design as well. The USA is blind and being manipulated by guilt and pressure. Europe is no better.
We you say? You are a blood thirsty son of a bitch, now go complain and have me banned too....
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Maybe we'll get lucky and bear witness to another eight year Iran/Iraq war....
Nice thought, but why would Iraqi Shiites turn against their masters. It would be nice if the Kurds could be utilized. The promise of support for a future Kurdish homeland extending into Syria and Iran? I know it's wishful thinking, but they are capable to give both Syria and Iran a severe case of indigestion. Few have mentioned Turkey as another possible player in this drama. The Turks would be forced to react, and have been waiting for a chance to have a go at the Kurds. But the Kurdish people already have a de facto State in Northern Iraq, with the Kirkuk region as the cash cow. It looks as if Iraq might split up into three separate Countries anyhow, courtesy of the US invasion. What a waste.
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I just succeeded in not piling on. Shabah does have you pegged.

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