Remember the new law passed by the Iraqi Parliament that dimwitted people like me were linking, hoping it meant that the necessary political reconciliation was starting to take place (and thus the surge was not a total waste of time)?
Guess what. It was bullshit:
“This new law is very confusing,” Awadi said. “I don’t really know what it means for me.”
He is not alone. More than a dozen Iraqi lawmakers, U.S. officials and former Baathists here and in exile expressed concern in interviews that the law could set off a new purge of ex-Baathists, the opposite of U.S. hopes for the legislation.
Approved by parliament this month under pressure from U.S. officials, the law was heralded by President Bush and Iraqi leaders as a way to soothe the deep anger of many ex-Baathists — primarily Sunnis but also many Shiites such as Awadi — toward the Shiite-led government.
Yet U.S. officials and even legislators who voted for the measure, which still requires approval by Iraq’s presidency council, acknowledge that its impact is hard to assess from its text and will depend on how it is implemented. Some say the law’s primary aim is not to return ex-Baathists to work, but to recognize and compensate those harmed by the party. Of the law’s eight stated justifications, none mentions reinstating ex-Baathists to their jobs.
“The law is about as clear as mud,” said one U.S. senior diplomat.
We need to just pull out of that shithole, and Petraeus’s plan to slow down the violence has worked, but giving him another Friedman Unit is not going to fix the real problems over there. Especially when he is saying stuff like this:
We think we won’t know that we’ve reached a turning point until we’re six months past it. We have repeatedly said that there is no lights at the end of the tunnel that we’re seeing. We’re certainly not dancing in the end zone or anything like that.
In other words, permanent war, at least until peace breaks out. But we won’t know that it is peaceful until 6 months after it has already happened. Or something.
Operation Dump This Mess on the Next President continues in earnest.