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The Iraq "civil war" is the endless war that authoritarians wanted

But at least we have permission to say "civil war" now.

Kenneth Pollack and Daniel Byman:

The debate is over: By any definition, Iraq is in a state of civil war. Indeed, the only thing standing between Iraq and a descent into total Bosnia-like devastation is 135,000 U.S. troops -- and even they are merely slowing the fall. The internecine conflict could easily spiral into one that threatens not only Iraq but also its neighbors throughout the oil-rich Persian Gulf region with instability, turmoil and war.

Nice work, George you stupid tool, you useful idiot. And I'm sure the Republican Party will hold you accountable.

Not.

And, whaddaya know, the Iraq Clusterfuck has effects outside Iraq. See, it's not one of these linear-type cause-and-effect things that authoritarians think they understand so well--"I torture you, you tell me the truth"--it's more complicated, more networked, more, erm, nuanced:

Considering how many mistakes the United States has made in Iraq, how much time has been squandered, and how difficult the task is, even a serious course correction in Washington and Baghdad may only postpone the inevitable.

Iraq displays many of the conditions most conducive to spillover. The country's ethnic, tribal and religious groups are also found in neighboring states, and they share many of the same grievances.

Well, look. It's not like we knew any of this stuff before we went into Iraq. Oh, wait...

And it looks like we've got a new buzzword: "Spillover." And remember the last buzzword from our adventures in the Great Game? "Blowback." Osama Bin Forgotten is an example of blowback from an imperial adventure in Afghanistan.

But the thing about blowback is, you wait for it. It can take decades.

And the thing about spillover is, it happens right now, in real time (kinda like Katrina, another Clusterfuck masterminded by Bush). You don't wait for it:

With an all-out civil war looming in Iraq, Washington must decide how to deal with the most common and dangerous ways such conflicts spill across national boundaries. Only by understanding the refugee crises, terrorism, radicalization of neighboring populations, copycat secessions and foreign interventions that such wars frequently spark can we begin to plan for how to cope with them in the months and years ahead.

Well, the authoritarians have gotten what they wanted: endless war.

Now that Inerrant Boy has achieved that, they'll heave him over the side and lock in their authoritarian gains.

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