Herr Professor Doktor Pipes today smears the Iraqi - and by extension in his puny one-track mind, the Arab and Muslim - capacity for self-organization. He is likewise dismissive of the Iraqi regard for democracy and freedom, as if Ahmad the Debtor had actually delivered any. And he goes further. Pipes also riffs on Samuel P. Huntington's "remarkable" new book (the one in which he wets the bed over a perceived rising brown tide), distancing himself from the crashed-and-burned Iraqi folly he hollered for so loudly.
Pipes, scratching himself:
I hope the Iraqi population benefits from the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and can make a fresh start, while I reject the rehabilitation of Iraq as the standard by which to judge the American venture there.
The American military machine is not an instrument for social work, nor for remaking the world. It is, rather, the primary means by which Americans protect themselves from external violent threats. The U.S. goal cannot be a free Iraq, but an Iraq that does not endanger Americans.
Earlier Pipes had urged an "Iraqification" of America's occupation. He then called for a "democratically-minded Iraqi strongman" to rule the stupid towelheads, plainly hostile to and incapable of democracy as they are. Now he's washing his hands of it entirely.
But Pipey-poo was singing a very different tune last year. A rehashing of two of his unfortunate efforts from 2003 may here prove instructive. In a February 2003 article for one of the cross-town rivals that SethAndIra's haypenny press
rivals in precisely no way, the creepy columnist said that "A famous American victory in Iraq and the successful rehabilitation of that country will bring liberals out of the woodwork and generally move the region toward democracy." He was incapable of discerning anything that might impede the development of democracy in the region (the INC and civilian leadership at the Pentagon must have been hiding out of sight). The historical precedents bode well: "Japan had about as much "affinity for democracy" in 1945 as the Arabs do today, yet democracy took hold there."
Two months later Pipes would resurface to counsel that in the face of Islamic opposition to the Bushite attack of Iraq, "Today's furies can be ignored." In fact, said Pipes, "The war in Iraq will lead to a reduction in terrorism."
So rather admit either a) that he was predictably wrong or b) that the Bushites arrived in Iraq as a wrecking crew that never had any serious intention of emancipating anybody, Pipes chooses c) hope nobody remembers what you wrote last year while simultaneously disparaging your subject. Such abandonment would no doubt trouble a decent man, though I am certain that having squared the circle of shouting for notional democracy while deploring the stuff in actuality, Pipes sleeps quite soundly.
Following up on Grady's post of yesterday, we find that Eli Lake somehow managed to score an interview with the late Ahmad Chalabi. The first few grafs:
WASHINGTON — The leader of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmad Chalabi, in an interview yesterday sharply criticized an American plan to transfer limited sovereignty to an Iraqi government on July 1 as unworkable and warned that most Iraqis would not accept it.
He also criticized a plan by the United Nations envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, to allow those who were high-level members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party to serve in the new government.
Mr. Chalabi said the Brahimi plan violates Iraq’s transitional administrative law, a document President Bush has praised for including “a bill of rights that is unprecedented in the Arab world.”
The comments by the Iraqi leader came in a phone interview with The New York Sun.
So much to ponder here. Like a man whom less than 1% of Iraqis claim they can trust
claiming what Iraqis will or will not accept. (Hint, loser, they will not accept you
.) Chalabi's bleating about "administrative law" is quite the healthy antidote to all of those UN/CIA/State Department bureaucrats.
The Sun seems to have the exclusive on Ahmad's whining, which is unremarkable. What bears watching here is the Vietnam-all-over-again nonsense the Sun
nis are preparing to embark upon.
No, I'm not talking about the mass death and the destruction of populations to save them. We've long established that SethAndIra believe that inside every one of those little brown bastards is an American just waiting to pop out.
What's new here is the exit strategy. Our nation may not have one, but the chickenhawks do. Now all the chaos and pillaging is the fault of the "Brahimi plan," and if our country had just had some guts
, and stood behind Nhu -- uh, I mean Chalabi -- this whole mess would have worked out perfectly.
From the Shucks and Aww department comes word that Ahmad Chalabi is getting the heave
It is uncertain whether the notoriously work-averse Sun
nis will call a day of mourning and suspend publication. Of course, on account of the holiday
, they may have planned to take the day off all along.