Monday, July 31, 2006

Mephisto’s Captured Souls

Unbelievable – after the costly, stupid invasion of Iraq that is now drowning the US and Iraqis in blood, GW Bush is fiercely promoting the extension of the Israeli war on the Palestinians and Lebanese; not only promoting it by standing in the way of cease fire, but furnishing Israel the armaments that slaughter Arab civilians at a rate 100 non-combatants to one so called terrorist...

US stands against the world alone on this one – not even a US bought and paid coalition-of-the-willing-to-act-as-mercenaries to help, as in Iraq. European public opinion is outraged; a Greek mob even tore down poor Harry Truman's statue a few days ago. If you thought European man on the street was anti-American over the invasion of Iraq, try walking now down the Champs Elysées or the Kurfurstendam with a Chinese made enamel American flag pin displayed on your body.

Even before Bush's most recent pathetic Danse Macabre in Palestine and Lebanon, many American tourists out of fear, pretended they were Canadians to hide their nationality. Recently, a national US soccer team in Germany was afraid to mark their transport vans with an American flag or logo.

About the only people who believe GW Bush is on the right path are born again Christians who have a perverse death wish and blissfully march to Armageddon, and American Israeli Firsters who gladly sacrifice American Interests for those of Israel. Call this last group a conspiracy – these people have far exceeded acceptable boundaries as a lobby.

Confusion is king in Bush foreign policy. Condoleezza has not got it right since her inept tour as NSC Chief when she booted 9/11, then... the Iraq fiasco, then... burning the Palestine road map, followed by the election of Hamas. The latest jewel in her crown of disaster is her failure to prevent the destruction of democratic Lebanon, disgustingly standing by the slaughter, because that is what the Israelis desire. She wants to preserve Lebanese democracy by encouraging Israel to destroy it.

Right now most military experts agree that the Israelis are using ammunition, missiles and bombs at a world record expenditure rate. They manage to kill Palestinian and Lebanese civilians like tin ducks in a shooting gallery, but so far they have been unable to stop the Hezbollah rockets or break the Shiite backbone in Lebanon. The US has shipped bunker busting bombs to Israel last week so more Arabs can be killed and soon will face a tough logistical decision: whether to replenish scarce war materials to Israel or American troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, let us not forget the equipment requirements for standing up the Iraq Army..... Heard that troops in the US can use ammunition for live fire training only on the eve of departure to Afghanistan or Iraq – otherwise it is pretend, bang bang your dead.

So far it appears the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are fighting yesterday's war today – tank heavy armored units tailored for battle in mobile desert tank warfare are now being employed, road bound, in hilly terrain in Southern Lebanon against concealed dug in positions. If the IDF penetrates deep into Lebanon, it will have a tough time protecting logistic trains. The Israel air forces bomb everything – mostly civilian targets, but madly throw in UN Observer bunkers and Lebanese Army bases for good measure.

IDF combat experience since their departure from Lebanon six years ago has been limited to shooting up urban Palestinians and assassinating Palestinian leadership in wheelchairs, in cars, in buildings, and attacking refugee camps. Hetzbollah is a different problem as Mossad had packs of Palestinian informers, but Hezbollah agents are hard to recruit. For example, Israel intelligence missed badly on stockpiles and quality of rockets and anti-ship missiles – time will tell whether bombing of Lebanese infrastructure and civilian targets was a miscalculation that recruits more Lebanese to the Hezbollah standards. Could be a variation of how the US enhanced the strength of al Qaeda in Iraq.

IDF miscalculations on the dreadful impact of their SHOCK and AWE air war and failure to provide sufficient forces for the ground war make me think American neo-conservatives like Wolfowitz, Perle, and Feith had a hand in the operational planning. If true, there is sweet poetic justice afoot.

Cost of this war in resources for Israel is enormous. The fact that the war goes on unrelenting with IDF commanders extending their estimates on duration of the war daily, makes the war open ended. Apparently IDF planners recognized they sent insufficient forces on the ground into Southern Lebanon. Yesterday Israel called up three more reserve divisions of 30,000 troops. Mr. and Mrs. America, get your check books out...

Israelis are accustomed to 8-day wars when the enemy is quickly and soundly defeated with minimum casualties. Land is seized and occupied, and captured people politically strangled – that is true except for Hetzbollah, which remains the only regional Islamic force to defeat Israel.

Pompous US Senator John Warner, Republican, VA, assured a skeptical HARDBALL Matthews that the US is even handed in its dealing with the Arabs and Israel – oh yeah, Senator. Why not also quote Groucho Marx: YOU GONNA BELIEVE ME OR YOUR EYES? Later NY Democratic congressman Engels said on TV that the US must favor the Israelis over the Arabs, because Israel has no friends internationally. Too bad the interviewer did not ask Engels why this was true. The congressman could have started his reply by citing the obnoxious Israeli ambassador to the UN as an example to make his point.

Mephisto the demon is famous for capturing souls. He certainly has been busy in the Holy Land as he manipulates all sides into carnage – think he has even ensnared born again GW Bush, otherwise, how can you explain US policy that results in the scorn of the world. Colonel Robert E Bartos USA RET

Monday, July 24, 2006

The First American Jewish President

If President William Clinton was characterized as the first black president for his affinity for Afro-American people, GWBush has to be considered the first American Jewish president, because of his complete surrender of the US Middle East Policy to Israel.

As the bloody and barbaric war in Lebanon, Gaza and Israel proceeds with GW Bush's approval of ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF, let us make sure we understand the situation – if there is an American dog in this fight, see if it can be identified...

There are over 6000 Arabs sitting in Israeli prisons – Hamas captured an Israeli soldier in a military raid. A few days later Hezbollah, a Lebanese militia, in a military raid crossed the Israeli/Lebanese border and captured 2 more Israeli soldiers and killed eight. Best guess is Hezbollah raided Israel to aid Hamas under attack in Gaza and provide more leverage for a prisoner swap – this is no way a moral justification for the Hezbollah raid, but it puts the action in the context of mutual simmering hatred in the Holy Land.

Hamas is democratically elected and the Lebanese/Hezbollah is democratically elected – as a matter of fact, the GWBush Administration played midwife to both democracies. Recently, the US helped push Syrian troops out of Lebanon. So how is it that Bush so eagerly supports the destruction of both countries through unrestricted bombing? It is so bad in Gaza that the Israelis keep bombing destroyed buildings. Asked why, Israelis reply that terrorists may be meeting in them... Most of the Hamas legislature has been recently arrested and is in detention; in Gaza, so far over 160 Arabs, mostly civilians, have been killed in Israel's most recent mano dura there.

The unrestricted bombing of Lebanon is an atrocity – working class Hezbollah neighborhoods are targeted over and over. The people left days ago yet Israel, almost in a mad frenzy, attacks the same areas without respite – it makes as much sense as shooting a corpse. So far the rockets keep falling on Israel cities, despite the panic bombing by the Israelis. Israeli bombs are killing Arab civilians and Lebanese soldiers; destruction of Lebanese infrastructure has insured that the fragile pre-war coalition government cannot recover. The only force left standing will be Hezbollah and it will be financed from the outside. At this stage the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) prefer not to invade on the ground and still go after them with bombs – easier to kill at 30,000 feet, especially if there is no effective air defense.

If the IDF figure they can destroy Hezbollah from the air, suggest they get copies of USAF bombing assessment after the recent Serbian Balkan war: after tons of bombs were dropped on them by NATO aircraft, the Serb army came out of Kosovo after the truce with their forces and equipment intact – most of the troops were happily drunk on slivovitz. Later, they could find no wrecked military equipment, but lots of bombed farm tractors – 30,000 feet is a long way from the ground and at that altitude, drills for wells appear to be missile launchers.

Israel is suffering from the war as well, but not nearly the magnitude of Gaza and Lebanon; however, you still wonder why Israel chose unrestricted bombing of Gaza and Lebanese civilian targets. They had to assume Hezbollah rockets would fly and kill Israelis. The Sunni Arabs and Christians in Lebanon are not on Israel's side and the bombing has driven in a deeper wedge, as each day it continues to destabilize the Lebanese government – now it is even making Sunnis nervous in moderate Arab countries, because of the pointless slaughter and destruction.

IDF, the fourth largest military establishment in the world, is actually an army with a country. This war is a classic case of the Napoleonic dictum, YOU CAN DO EVERYTHING WITH BAYONETS EXCEPT SIT ON THEM. Israel's new civilian leader apparently permitted the IDF's bad political judgement to dominate, either out of fear, stupidity, or inexperience; what you have now is just another installment on the brutal Arab and Israeli permanent war in Gaza, West Bank and Lebanon.

Israeli's Gaza operations are naked colonization and cannot succeed in the long term. The counter-strike on Hezbollah could have been handled by a swift, focused, and deadly operation, directed solely against Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon – destroy military installations and bring back baskets full of Hezbollah heads and put them on stakes along the border. In the old days, a variation of this operation would have been executed, but it looks like the IDF lost its groove; to destroy Lebanon's infrastructure and kill civilians was an act of hysteria and madness. The response was way over the top for the provocation – will just create more turmoil, making hatred of Israel deeper. Israel usually claims victimhood, but in this case, with 300 Arab dead and only 30 dead Israelis, it will be harder too pull off, but... there is a lot gullibility in the US.

Prisoner exchange was the obvious route to go, once Hezbollah was punished regionally. Israeli has exchanged prisoners before – it is a civilized thing to do. So, why not now? All Israeli prisoners were taken in battle and not pulled out of homes and offices as in the case of Arabs detained by Israelis. Israel did not attack to regain prisoners – either in Gaza or Lebanon – it is an outrageous attempt to change the balance of power in the region.

With GW Bush in the White House, the Israelis figure they have a super chump to sign blank checks and they can do what they wish under the umbrella of US forces. GW Bush stood by as the Israelis ripped up the negotiated road map to peace, destroyed Arafat, and built a large wall on Arab land with US aid to protect themselves. A few months ago GWB announced that an attack on Israel is an attack on the US. Do you remember that mutual defense treaty? I do not. It is a Bush concoction – but still, the biggest coup the Israelis made was to get the US to invade Iraq.

Former Deputy secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, an American Jew, was declared man of the year by the Jerusalem Post for promoting the war. Now he has been rewarded with presidency of the World Bank. Other Department of Defense neocons like Richard Perle and Douglas Feith, also with strong Israeli ties, played a major role in the invasion of Iraq, are now on the band wagon to make war on Syria and Iran. They are up to their eye balls in blood in Iraq and just want more. Based on GWB's recent comments and his failure to stop Israeli bombardments of Lebanon and Gaza, it would appear that he is inclined to support them with the full force of his office... What America gains by this is unknown, but expansion of Israeli influence in the region seems obvious. Using US blood and treasure for Israeli projection of power is nice work if you can get it.

Based on recent comments by President Bush, we can assume he is again listening to tendentious Israeli Mossad intelligence instead of the CIA for Middle East intelligence issues. He previously smoked that spurious Israeli product in the build up to the war in Iraq. As a result, he has lots of dead Iraqis and Americans, and an enhanced Iranian power in the region... Perhaps Bush has a learning deficiency or a strange morbid attraction to Israel. Look at the smiling Israelis soon to be welcomed by GWB in the USA for their quick resupply of more bombs, bullets and spare parts. Colonel Robert E Bartos USA RET

Monday, July 17, 2006

Cowboys and Indians

Despite a massive effort by his very skilled image makers, never thought of GW Bush as a cowboy – if you pushed me, maybe a drugstore cowboy – all Texans are not cowboys and all cowboys are not Texans. The President sometimes wears a big shiny belt buckle and appears to be bandy legged, not from riding the range on old Trigger, but from riding pick-up trucks or dirt bikes.

President Bush is a trained college cheerleader, and where I went to college, for a male student, it was considered a vacuous activity – even in some circles a girlie boy thing – but I went to a BIG TEN school and the President was IVY League; those were different worlds and different value systems, at least back then. Where Bush went to school, creepy organizations like Hasty Pudding and Skull and Bones molded graduates – at BIG TEN it was just the red blooded, wild-assed fraternities.

My problem with GWB first really stemmed from his military record. When others went to war in Vietnam, he played it safe in some sort of protected Texas and Alabama Air National Guard service which he never completed. My image of a cowboy is a man who quietly works with beasts, and masters them without fanfare; he faces the the force of the wind and the slash of the rain without a whimper. There is none of this in GW Bush

Wanted Dead Or Alive, Bring ‘Em On – phrases out of bullshit B western films, which are at best kid stuff, but became the anti-terror cry of the Bush administration. The silly national press and media lapped it up and promoted it gleefully after the debacle of 9/11. Bush needed a Macho image – prior to that he was a kowtow, on his knees before the Red Chinese begging for his recon plane and his service people to be returned.

Bush is a superb cheerleader – a master of his trade, but it was just a matter of time before this lightness of being as a President caught up with him... What confounded me is that it took over five years in office, demonstrating massive incompetence domestically and internationally, for a majority of American people finally to wake up and see that Bush is an empty suit. Without a prepared speech Bush still does not address a group – he just rattles off cheers.

Maybe he could have lasted longer, but he ran out cheers and those that he used so mindlessly did not conform to reality. However, by repeating cheers he rallied the American people from the rubble of the twin towers – using cheers he took us into the Afghan and Iraq wars which he quickly morphed into wars on terror. Both wars, so far, have been unsuccessful. Bush managed to shift the Afghan war to the NATO coalition, but now with the Italians wanting to go home, it is a matter of time before other NATO allies will find reasons to depart – especially since the Taliban has regrouped and is on its bloody march again, this time with new weapons, determination and money. And now, with Somali under the control of jihadists, Bush has another possible terrorist training ground to invade.

Like it or not the Taliban is into Afghanistan deep – might have been easier to let them run the country as they wish, but bribe them to keep Bin Laden and his band out. That might have worked earlier, but with so many Afghans killed by US bombs, now is probably too late – still, it is an exit strategy.

Iraq was Bush's elective war and his failure there is politically devouring him. Everything he cheered about running up to the war was misleading – his so called Iraq democratic regime is a farce; hiding and operating out of a fortified US Base in the Green Zone, it is Iraqi leadership that cannot take a piss without a US special operations bodyguard. The agony for Iraq and for America is palpable and the President does not have the courage to walk away – just get out – redeploy; those Sunnis, Kurds, and Shiites do not need a referee. If Mr. Bush is so concerned over carnage, suggest he stop the Israel depredations into Gaza; last time I checked it is US bombs, missiles, artillery and bullets employed by Israelis killing non combatant Arabs. Over 60 arabs so far killed in their houses and cars, and all this over one captured Israel soldier. Give me a break... the UN has already condemned the assault on humanitarian basis, and Israel holds about 6000 kidnapped Arabs.

Nazis in Yugoslavia in WWII shot and killed 12 Serb civilians for every German soldier killed by the partisans. It did not stop the partisans from killing German soldiers; as a matter of fact, more German occupation forces died and the carnage was without respite until the war ended, with 14 German divisions tied up in Serbia... Israel is a free country; it does what it thinks is good for security, but collective reprisals have not worked since Attila the Hun. My problem is that the US is dragged into every incident on the side of Israel – you will have Israelis in Washington soon, to replenish their basic load just expended in Gaza and now in Lebanon. This one-sided US approach with Israel seriously complicates cooperation with Islamic states on the war on terror, and will preclude any long term settlement between the US and Islam.

The recent attack by Hezbollah on Israel territory initially resulted in the capture of 2 and killing of 8 Israeli soldiers. Why Hezbollah picked this moment to attack is unknown; Hezbollah chased Israel out of South Lebanon six years ago, and Israel abandoned much military equipment and munitions in their hasty retreat. With this Hezbollah attack, now Israel has expanded the war deep into Lebanon – the President and Condoleezza may want to think about supporting these military adventures under their usual rubric: "Israel has a right to defend itself". Bush's road map to peace in the Middle East has led straight to Hell. Just another example of his administration's incompetence and expected, if you outsource US Middle East policy to the Israeli lobby... Further, Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are not going that well; there is Iran and Korea festering followed by a Somalia nobody wants to talk about...

So far the Israelis have managed to kill Lebanese civilians, bomb Lebanese infrastructure and civilian airfields, but have failed to stop rockets from raining into Israeli border towns. Bush, after giving Israel a blank check on pounding Lebanon, now has second thoughts with 25,000 Americans trapped in Lebanon.

Neocons are delighted over the events, especially with the prospects of turning the whole region into a conflagration; Israeli Firsters Senator McCain and Gingrich have already been on Fox TV calling for Iran's skin and defending Israel's killing of civilians by arguing America would do the same thing under the same circumstances..... Is that so?

Whether GW Bush is a bona fide cowboy is up to you and it really makes little difference. For certain he is a bona fide cheerleader. Wonder whether he learned his lesson with preemptive war, based on faked intelligence. We will see how things play out in Iran, Korea and Somalia...or even in Latin America. With cowboys always come Indians, and hopefully Mr. Bush realizes this as he plucks the many arrows out of his ten-gallon hat. Colonel Robert E Bartos USA RET

Monday, July 10, 2006

Feliz cumpleaños, Presidente Jorge – Artist: Aaron Obilinovic

By the Rockets Red Glare

July 4th 2006, US Independence day, has come and gone. Americans celebrated with traditional fireworks all over the country to include firing a manned shuttle rocket to a space station – other nations celebrated the US holiday with their own versions of fireworks, but these were not benign nor a homage to the US...

North Korea, one of GWBush's designated members of the EVIL EMPIRE CLUB, at last count, blasted 7 rockets into the Sea of Japan – the only damage this inflicted was on Bush's Far East foreign policy. He had established a world-wide, public opinion phalanx to prevent this event and he fell flat on its face. There were post mortems on the TV news and talk shows to discuss the issue. The only person who made sense was New Mexico's Governor Richardson who said for Christ Sake, talk to to North Koreans directly rather than through a filter of six regional nations that all have different agendas with North Korea...

I am uncertain that would work either, because the North Koreans believe without nucs it would end up like smashed Iraq; however, it is worth a try – send a US envoy to North Korea who speaks Korean, has the stomach to digest fermented kimchee, and the liver to process rotten rice wine – nothing to lose except the envoy. Red China remains the fulcrum to solve the problem and it likes things just as they are.

Bush's policy the last five years has fostered eight more North Korean nucs and scores of rockets with upgrades... One thing Condoleezza and the President should have learned by now is that the Red Chinese are not going to save their bacon in North Korea – every time North Korea sticks it to the US, Chinese buddhist priests bong gongs, explode fireworks, and run around celebrating with burning joss sticks deep in the Forbidden City in Peking. They chant: "the big noses and foreign devils no changee North Korean regime".

Also Bush's Mexican policy of open border came to head this 4th of July... As of right now there is a question about the validity of the recent presidential elections between Calderón, right wing party of Vincente Fox and Obrador, of the left wing party of Karl Marx – Obrador had been cheated in two runs for governor of the Mexican province of Tabasco, so he is not expected to accept a close defeat without inspiring social unrest. As a leftist leader, he can call strikes and paralyze the country – even potentially, start a revolution. Remember, the Mexican soldiers are not from the bourgeoisie. Although Calderón has squeaked by with a narrow majority, the left wing believes the majority is never right unless the left wins.

At a very high price, with his open borders policy, there is no question now – Bush was in collusion and supported the right wing Fox regime in hopes for a future defeat of the left wing of Obrador. Time will tell if it worked. For certain, we will be the first know at the Mexican border. If the illegals are wearing Gucci loafers or open-toed high heels, carrying jewels and gold ingots, the right wing lost the election and is fleeing subsequent turmoil in Mexico.

On the 4th of July, the President delivered a speech to the troops of the 82nd ABN DIV at FT Bragg, North Carolina and was warmly received. He said our enemies are vulnerable and urged the troops to march on to freedom – GWB cited the killing of Zarqawi as progress, though the progress since his death is not evident – at last check the Sunnis refuse to participate in the unified government. One of al Zarqawi’s three wives said Zarqawi was betrayed by al Qaeda to get him out the way... WHO GOT THE 25 MILLION REWARD MONEY, Mr. President? Did we do al Qaeda a favor? While we march to freedom, the Insurgency expands as well as the theme of YANKEE GO HOME by the newly formed Iraqi government. It still is mystery to me why the US continuously destroys Sunnis when the near and long term threat to US interests in the country are the Iranian backed Shiites. Somebody in the military US command other than Special Operations should think about this and make policy changes; this is not rocket science.

Questions by the press are now finally being asked of why everything is going haywire for Bush internationally. Even his pro war Neocon magazine, The Weekly Standard, is rending its hair over the mess. Bush explains he does not want to end the war without victory, because it would be a betrayal to those who already have died and made sacrifices. Too bad we cannot define victory concretely, and as far as throwing more lives after the ones that we have lost, it is an example of loser's sweat and not leadership... the handwriting is on the wall. US will be forced out now or later – as we observe, the longer it remains, the less leverage it has to influence the situation. Colonel Robert E Bartos USA RET

Monday, July 03, 2006

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread – fools rush in where wise men never go – song lyrics by Ricky Nelson that Howard Dean may want to use in his upcoming campaign against the House of Bush.

After being consciously misled by Bush, a majority of Americans finally got it right: the war in Iraq was a stupendous strategic mistake – there is very little democracy, no Niger yellowcake – no WMD – no links to 9/11. As a result of GW Bush's misadventure, Iran's regional power is greatly enhanced by the Iraq Shiite majority. More than half of Iraq is now a deeply anti-American Iranian protectorate that Saddam earlier had precluded – US has stirred up a Sunni Jihad hornet's nest that seems to be spreading with an estimated 200,000 insurgents. As far as oil, talk to the Shiites and the Kurds; price of oil $72.00 plus, and going up as Bush and Condoleezza fumble with the Iranian nucs dilemma.

So far the price is over 2,500 killed in action and 18,000 casualties (one third of them serious), with 317 billion dollars spent for failure – the meter continues to run.

Major security problems combined with rampant corruption cut deeply into any stability in Iraq. Standing up the Iraq national forces gets more problematical daily as sectarian militias grow in power. Iraqis seem to need an ayatollah or imam to die for; and, are bewildered at the coalition soldiers who die for politicians.

The US has recently earmarked 1,200 two and one-half ton trucks and 1,100 Humvees for the Iraq Army. This is drop in the bucket, if you expect the Iraqi forces to run against the 200,000 insurgents...

Politicians from both US parties now resist talking about how we got into this pickle. If you understand both parties were complicit in the war, you understand why the topic is avoided and the stress is on what to do with the bloody situation now. Just wait a minute, because unless the rules are suspended, the past is still prologue – worse yet, if the same people were past failures what assurance do you have they will not repeat their sad performance in the future? And, are they the ones to fix the Iraqi war problem or are they more likely to justify it? Where is the accountability?

It may open your eyes if you got a sense of the fanatic breed that helped push the US into the Iraq war – that species is the Neocon. Here is a Neocon quote from an article on the Yellowcake Uranium scandal by Craig Unger in the July 2006 edition of VANITY FAIR: "creative destruction is our middle name, both within our own society and abroad... We must destroy to advance our historic mission... imperious, ruthless, and relentless... we must keep our fangs bared... we must remind them daily that we Americans are in a rage, and we will not rest until we have avenged our dead, we will not be sated until we have the blood of every miserable little tyrant in the Middle East, until every leader of every cell of the terror network is dead or locked securely away, and every last drooling anti-semitic and anti-American mullah, imam, sheik, and ayatollah is either singing the praises of the United States of America, or pumping gasoline for a dime a gallon, on an American military base near the Arctic Circle"

This almost asiatic, Attila the Hun screed certainly represents a Trotskyite diatribe of permanent revolution... This over the top rhetoric should have died in Mexico with Trotsky's ice axe assassination by Stalin in 1940 – some say the Neocons were spawned from the Marxist intellectual afterbirth in the old battered, NYC Trotskyite movement.

The quoted Neocon is Michael Ladeen, of the American Enterprise Institute; he is still close to the White House, Cheney and most of the Bush national security elements – a player – there is no way this guy and his Neocon pals who think alike want a peace deal in Iraq. They are all pro-Israel and want keep the pot boiling in the Middle East with the presence of US forces, because they believe it works in Israeli national security interests. And Bush foolishly continues to allow them to be glued to him like leeches.

The Democrats' confusion and inability to bite the bullet about pulling out of Iraq are directly linked to their support by the Israeli lobby. Hard to accept the lobby's influence through political contributions and not do what is expected, i.e.: to keep the war in Iraq going. At least with the Democrats, there is a chance that finally, political expediency or their conscience will dictate withdrawal. As far as the Republicans with their running pack of Neocons, hell will freeze over before they agree to withdraw from Iraq. There are those who believe that there is no exit strategy, because Bush never intended to exit.

This all would be a lot simpler to follow if the Neocons would come out of the closet and announce they have Israeli citizenship – or at least register as foreign lobbyists. Colonel Robert E Bartos USA RET